4th annual Organ Week returns with instruction, performances

The fourth annual Organ Week, a summer music camp and organ festival presented by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University, takes place the second week of June.

Nightly performances, featuring world-renowned soloists performing major solo and collaborative works, are scheduled at both the University Center for the Arts and the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Collins. Organ Week is sponsored in part by Home State Bank.

Joyce-Jones-and-the-Fort-Collins-Symphony-conducted-by-Wes-KenneyOrgan Weeks have a long history at CSU, with the world’s most renowned organists visiting campus throughout the ’70s and ’80s; in 2013, Organ Week returned to campus with events and instruction taking place on the finest pipe organs in Northern Colorado, including CSU’s celebrated Casavant organ. Led by a faculty of renowned concert and church organists, the camp and concerts have grown in popularity.

For 2016, the guest performers and instructors on organ include Joel Bacon, Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair of Organ and Liturgical Studies at CSU; James David Christie, professor and chair of organ at Oberlin College and Conservatory Chair; Joyce Jones, the Joyce Oliver Bowden Professor of Music and organist-in-residence at Baylor University School of Music; Ken Cowan, head of organ at Rice University, Shepherd School of Music; and David Adkins, organ.

From June 6-9, the community is invited to nightly concerts, including guest artist solo recitals, an evening of organ concertos with the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra conducted by Wes Kenney, and an All-Bach concert.

The schedule

Monday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.
An Evening of Organ & Orchestra
Featuring the Fort Collins Symphony, directed by Wes Kenney, with organists Joel Bacon, James David Christie and Kevin Cowan
Organ Recital Hall, University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington Street
Tickets: *No charge/CSU students; $5/youth; $15/general public

Organ-Week-StudentsAn evening of organ concertos performed by three internationally acclaimed organists and the Fort Collins Symphony, conducted by Wes Kenney. The concert is followed by a gala reception sponsored by Home State Bank

Tuesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.
Organ Plus!
Featuring organists Joyce Jones, Kevin Cowan and David Adkins, with Lisa Shihoten, violin, and the Organ Week Brass
First Presbyterian Church, 531 S. College Avenue
Tickets: FREE

Wednesday, June 8, 7:30 p.m.
Guest Recital!
Featuring Maurice Steger, recorder, and Joel Bacon, organ/harpsichord
Organ Recital Hall, University Center for the Arts
Tickets: *No charge/CSU students; $5/youth; $15/general public

This concert with special guest Maurice Steger includes Joel Bacon on the organ and James David Christie on harpsichord. The program features the music of Sammartini, Telemann and Corelli. The concert is followed by a gala reception sponsored by Home State Bank

Thursday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.
Organ Week Closing Concert: All Bach
Featuring organists James David Christie, Joel Bacon, Joyce Jones and Ken Cowan; Lisa Shihoten, violin; and NoCo Artists String Quintet
Organ Recital Hall, University Center for the Arts
Tickets: *No charge/CSU students; $5/youth; $15/general public

Ken-Cowan-organ-with-Lisa-Shihoten-violin-and-the-Fort-Collins-Symphony-conducted-by-Wes-KenneyThe final program of Organ Week 2016 features all of the week’s artists in an unforgettable evening of music by J.S. Bach, performed on CSU’s famed Casavant organ. A highlight of the program will be Bach’s Concerto for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1062, performed by James David Christie and Joel Bacon. The concert is followed by a gala reception sponsored by Home State Bank

Additional program information and artist bios for each concert are available on our website at music.colostate.edu/organ

Further details

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts ticket office 60 minutes prior to performances or online at CSUArtsTickets.com. Due to event popularity, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

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