Renowned Organist To Perform For Distinguished Artist Series

Jan. 25, 2006

One of today's foremost organists, Dame Gillian Weir, is the next attraction on the 2005/2006 Distinguished Artist Series at Baylor University. Her performance, presented as part of the 12th annual Midwinter Organ Conference, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in Jones Concert Hall, located in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

Dame Gillian's program will open with the dazzling Variations de Concert by Joseph Bonnet and then the Trio Sonata No. 4 in E minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, followed by a posthumously published Prelude by Olivier Messiaen and Healey Willan's Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue.

Following intermission, she will play the Lionel Rogg arrangement of Franz Liszt's St. Francis Walking on the Waves and Nicolas de Grigny's Dialogue sur les Grands Jeux. The program will conclude with a performance of Franz-Xaver Schnizer's Sonata in C major and, finally, Guy Bovet's Hamburger Totentanz.

Weir has been praised in all of the world's press for her artistry, virtuosity and musical integrity. Her achievements have been marked by the re-issue on compact disc of her legendary series of Argo recordings and by her nomination by Classic CD magazine as one of the "100 Greatest Keyboard Players of the Century." A British subject, she recently accepted the position of Distinguished Artist in Residence at the John Hopkins University's Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Md.

Tickets for this Distinguished Artist Series concert are priced at $15, with students, senior citizens, and Baylor faculty and staff admitted for $10. For ticket information, call the Baylor School of Music box office at (254) 710-1161.

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