Organ Recital to Spotlight Prize-Winning Composition

Posted on 3/20/2017 9:43:51 AM

Ann LabounskyThe Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee will host a recital by Ann Labounsky, internationally acclaimed organist, at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. Labounsky will present the world premiere of Christopher Adler’s Construct: for organ (2016) in addition to works by Bach, Franck, Langlais, Mendelssohn, and Tournemire. Her program will also include an improvisation based upon tunes submitted by the audience.  

Shortly before the recital, at 2:15 p.m., John Levey will facilitate a preconcert discussion with Adler, whose Construct is the second composition to win the annual Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Competition. The competition is sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. 

The discussion and recital will take place in the DiCicco Rehearsal Hall of Cogswell Hall. Both events will also be live-streamed and accessible via IUP Department of Music social media pages. Admission is free. The audience is cordially invited to attend a reception following the performance. 

Ann Labounsky is professor of Music and chairman of the Organ and Sacred Music programs at Duquesne University. She has performed world premieres of many of Langlais’s compositions as well as works by American composers.

Christopher Adler Christopher Adler is professor of Music at UC San Diego and director of Composition for the nief-norf Summer Festival. He is also pianist and composer-in-residence with Noise, a new-music chamber ensemble.

Labounsky’s recital is sponsored in part by the Indiana, Pennsylvania, chapter of the AGO, who are pleased to collaborate with the Teti Committee and IUP community in order to promote new music for organ and assist with scholarship fundraising. 

The IUP College of Fine Arts and Department of Music express their gratitude to the AGO for making the Pogorzelski Yankee Memorial Organ available for teaching and concertizing, as well as for the creative talent of R. J. Brunner, who crafted the instrument.

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