Chinese Organist in Guest Recital

January 17, 2018
Yuan Shen, a young, award-winning organist who teaches at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, will present a guest recital at Baylor University on Wednesday, January 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
Dr. Shen has won seven competitions held in China and other countries. She explored in her thesis the integration of conventional pipe organ and electronic organ and became the first Doctor of Electronic Organ. As an organist active both at home and abroad, Yuan Shen has performed in major cultural events in China, including Heart to Heart Art Performance, the Spring Festival Party, and the Olympic Cultural Festival, and she has made frequent appearances in concerts while pursuing her doctoral degree in Japan.
Her Baylor program will open with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Fantasy in G minor, BWV 542a, and Felix Mendelssohn’s Allegro, Chorale and Fugue in D major.
Then Dr. Shen will play César Franck’s Choral No. 2 in B minor and a transcription by Lionel Rogg of Franz Liszt’s St.-François de Paule marchant sur les flots.
Also to be heard is the fifth movement from Olivier Messiaen’s Meditations sur le Mystère de la Saint Trinité.
Music of Charles-Marie Widor will come next, as Yuan Shen performs the second movement, “Andante sostenuto,” from the Symphonie No. 9, Op. 70, (“Gothique”).
Closing the program will be two of the Poèmes pour orgue by Thierry Escaich. Dr. Shen will play “Eaux natales” and “vers l’espérance.”
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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