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Emory University announced today its 2009-2010 pipe organ series. All the recitals are free. Most will be performed on Jaeckel Op. 45, a 54-stop, 3605-pipe mechanical-action instrument in Emerson Concert Hall.

I love organ recitals. Music by Bach sounds more enriching and spiritual on the organ than on any other instrumental combinations, and organ composers aren’t afraid to sometimes pile high the weird harmonies and dissonances. Coupled with the high volume and room-rattling power, a good organ concert never fails to make your head spin, a giddy experience. I’m not sure why the picture Emory folks sent me is a photo-negative, in blues instead of reds and golds, but it looks like the instrument sometimes sounds.

Indeed, the Jaeckel organ is one of the most satisfying of the newer instruments around town, and it’s been featured on public radio’s Pipe Dreams. (Note that the Nov. 8 recital is in Glenn Memorial Church.)

Here’s the calendar:

  • Bach Live” University Organist Recital Series, Sun., Sept. 13, 2009, 4 p.m. Timothy Albrecht, Emory University’s organist, performs organ monuments of Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as a tribute to Bach. The recital includes selections from Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier,” the “Prelude and Fugue in D Major” and Franz Liszt’s “Fantasy and Fugue on B.A.C.H.”
  • Scary Ride!,” University Organist Recital Series, Fri., Oct. 30, 2009, 8 p.m. Albrecht (“Count Dracula”) returns in this wildly successful Halloween concert format. Organ music to scare all ages.
  • All Durufle” University Organist Recital Series, Sun., Nov. 8, 2009, 4 p.m., Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Herndon Spillman, internationally renowned for recitals and recordings, heads the organ program at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He was a featured performer at the 2008 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. He has degrees from Indiana University, and he studied in France with Marie-Claire Alain, Andre Marchal and Maurice Durufle.
  • The Bach Bowl” University Organist Recital Series, Sun., Feb. 7, 2010, 4 p.m. Tamara and Timothy Albrecht join musical forces, performing the intricate mirror fugue for two from Bach’s “Art of Fugue” as well as other Bach masterpieces. This is a program on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Razzle Dazzle Fireworks”, University Organist Recital Series, Sun., Feb. 28, 2010, 4 p.m. Todd Wilson, one of today’s finest concert organists, is professor of organ at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Winner of numerous contests, including the Grand Prix de Chartres in France, he has performed at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, UK; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; Verizon Hall in Philadelphia; and Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.
  • Commencement Weekend Organ Recital!” University Organist Recital Series, Sun., May 9, 2010, 3 p.m. Timothy Albrecht performs a fifty-minute program of light classics and accessible organ toccatas (including the famous Widor Toccata) that feature the Jaeckel Op. 45 and provide an enjoyable musical oasis in the whirlwind of events during commencement weekend.
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