March 25, 2011
International Performing Organist to Play Skinner Organ
On Tuesday, March 29, James Welch, concert organist and music faculty member at Santa Clara University in California, will present a recital on the Skinner pipe organ in the Morley Music Building. The recital is at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the community.
Welch, who holds a doctoral degree in organ performance from Stanford University, has performed in over ten countries on five continents, with recitals throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the United States. He has also released numerous CDs and has published on various subjects.
His recital will feature music of two widely contrasting composers: namely, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and that of French contemporary composer Jean Berveiller. From the literature of Bach, arguably the greatest composer ever to write for the organ, Dr. Welch will perform three masterworks: the Toccata in F-major, the chamber Sonata in E-flat Major, and the monumental Passacaglia and Fugue in C-minor. In great contrast, the "Suite" by Berveiller is a vibrant, sophisticated jazz-inspired piece, reminiscent at times of Gershwin, Poulenc, and even a touch of Perry Mason. All of these virtuosic selections will highlight the many tonal possibilities available on the venerable Skinner organ.
On Monday, March 28, James Welch will conduct a Q&A Roundtable Discussion, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship at Lake Erie College. Having long experience as a professional and free-lance musician, he will lead a conversation on how to succeed in the music industry, particularly in these economic times. The lecture will take place from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Ernst Board Room of the Garfield Center. There is no cost for the event and lunch will be provided; please call 440.375.7129 to reserve your place or for further information about either of these events.