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Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland

The freshness and vitality of Bach

Some of Johann Sebastian Bach's most outstanding compositions will be performed in St. Lawrence University's Gunnison Memorial Chapel during the Third Annual Bach Marathon on Saturday.

Music historians agree that for Bach, an early 18th century German composer who wrote over a thousand compositions, music making was natural. Marathon organizers say they want Saturday's audience to gain a new sense of the freshness and vitality of familiar Bach pieces.

Organist Donald Sutherland has been artist-in-residence this week at St. Lawrence University, offering recitals and lectures. His visit culminates with a performance Saturday night during the marathon.

Todd Moe spoke with him about new ways to think about Bach as a human being with a great gift, and how his music is still vibrant more than 300 years later.  Go to full article
A ghostly view of Dark Island's Singer Castle. (photo: Allan Smith)
A ghostly view of Dark Island's Singer Castle. (photo: Allan Smith)

Musical Halloween treat

Organist Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, who divides her time between Canton and Washington D.C., gave a pipe organ recital of music for Halloween recently. The program included Bach's creepy composition Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.  Go to full article
Workers finish installing the organ's cleaned and repaired pipes
Workers finish installing the organ's cleaned and repaired pipes

Hosmer organ gets a new voice

Audiences will once again hear a familiar voice in the concert hall at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam later this month. Over the last six months, experts from Syracuse have been renovating the pipe organ in Hosmer Hall. With massive pipes that reach to the ceiling, the Hosmer organ has been a centerpiece for many concerts and recitals. It was originally installed in the mid-70's. The organ overhaul includes a new console, repaired pipes, and the latest digital technology. Todd Moe stopped by during the final restoration work when the organ was "revoiced".  Go to full article

Preview: Organ Recitals in Plattsburgh

Three organists will be featured in a series of recitals this month in Plattsburgh. The International Organ Festival kicks off Friday night at 7 at the First United Methodist Church in Plattsburgh and continues on April 23rd and the 30th. Todd Moe talks with organist and composer James Johnson, who's coordinating the recitals.  Go to full article

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