An internationally acclaimed organist will perform the world
premiere of a prize-winning composition in recital Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Daniel
DiCicco Hall of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Cogswell music building.
The solo recital by Duquesne University faculty member Ann
Labounsky at 3:00 p.m. will follow a pre-concert talk at 2:15 by composer
Christopher Adler. His composition, Construct:
for organ, was the 2017 winner in the Second Annual Ronald G. Pogorzelski
and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Competition, sponsored by the American Guild of
Organists. Adler’s talk will be facilitated by John Levey, IUP assistant
professor of music theory and composition.
A reception will follow the performance. Cohosts of the event
are the Carol Teti Memorial Scholarship Committee and the Indiana,
Pennsylvania, Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The public is welcome,
and admission is free.
Labounsky is professor of music and chair of the Organ and
Sacred Music degree programs at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University. She oversees
undergraduate and graduate programs in sacred music at the university and also
is organ artist in residence at Pittsburgh’s First Lutheran Church.
Internationally acclaimed as the foremost interpreter of the
works of French composer Jean Langlais, Labounsky has filled 26 CDs with the composer’s
complete organ works. She is also the author of a 2000 biography, Jean Langlais: The Man and His Music.
A composer, performer and improviser, Adler is professor of
music at California’s University of San Diego and is also director of
composition for the nief-norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. Nief-norf is
a multi-tiered contemporary music organization devoted to fostering creative
collaboration among musical interpreters, composers, and scholars. Adler is
also pianist and composer in residence with Noise, an ensemble committed to
contemporary chamber music.
Adler’s compositions encompass hybrid forms drawn from
contemporary concert music, traditional musics of Thailand and Laos, the
application of mathematics, and the integration of improvisation into structured
composition. His works have been performed nationally at Carnegie Hall, Chicago
Symphony Center, and Tanglewood, as well as internationally.
Each year, the Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee
Memorial Competition seeks to encourage the creation of new music specifically
for the memorial organ that bears that name in Cogswell Hall. Installed in
2014, the organ is leased to IUP by the American Guild of Organists.
Since its establishment in 1993 to honor the late IUP
faculty member Carol Teti, the Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee has worked
to overcome a shortage of organists at local, regional and national levels.
More than $68,000 has been awarded in that time to more than 50 students in the
university’s organ program.
Department of Music