Friday, June 3, 2016
Cosponsored by Michael Quimby
—One in a series of dedication concerts on the new Andrew Pipe Organ—
The Program | About Ken Cowan
Fantasia in F Minor, K. 608 | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
arr. Alfred Glaus
The Soul of the Lake, op. 96, no. 1, from Seven Pastels from the Lake of Constance
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877–1933)
Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
arr. Nevin / Cowan
Introduction, Passacaglia, and Fugue | Healey Willan (1880–1968)
Étude Hèroïque | Rachel Laurin (b. 1961)
Pastorale | Jean Roger-Ducasse (1873–1954)
“Gigue” Fugue in G Major, BWV 577 | Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Prelude to Die Meistersinger | Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
arr. Warren / Lemare
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About Ken Cowan
Ken Cowan is one of North America’s finest concert organists. Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique, and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, he maintains a rigorous performing schedule, which takes him to major concert venues in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
Feature performances have included appearances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa California, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Spivey Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as concerts in Germany and Korea. In addition, Mr. Cowan has been a featured artist at the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists held in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, has performed at many regional conventions of the AGO, and has been featured at several conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.
Numerous critically acclaimed compact disc recordings are available by Mr. Cowan. His most recent releases are Ken Cowan Plays the Great Organ (on the Pro Organo Label), which was recorded on the newly restored organ at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City; Works of Franz Liszt (on the JAV label), which was recorded on the Michael Quimby organ at First Baptist church in Jackson, Mississippi; and Ken Cowan Plays Romantic Masterworks (on the Raven label), which was recorded on the 110-rank Schoenstein organ at First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.
In addition to making these solo recordings, Mr. Cowan also joined organist Justin Bischof in the world premiere recording of American composer Aaron David Miller’s Double Concerto for organ, recorded with the Zurich Symphony Orchestra on the Kleuker organ in the Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (Ethereal Recordings). Many of Mr. Cowan’s recordings and live performances are regularly featured on the nationally distributed radio show Pipedreams from American Public Media.
A native of Thorold, Ontario, Canada, Mr. Cowan received the master’s degree and artist diploma from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Thomas Murray. Prior to attending Yale, he graduated with a bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with John Weaver.
In 2012 Mr. Cowan joined the keyboard faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as Associate Professor and Head of the Organ Program. Previous positions have included Associate Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was awarded the 2008 Rider University Distinguished Teaching Award, and Associate Organist and Artist in Residence at Saint Bartholomew’s Church in New York City.
You can learn more about Ken—and his upcoming recitals—at www.concertorganists.com/artists/Ken-Cowan/
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For more information about organ concerts, contact John Sherer, Organist and Director of Music (312.981.3592).