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Inaugural Organ Recital Series
If you missed our fall inaugural concerts introducing our newly restored and expanded Whitelegg Möller organ, don't miss the next program in our inaugural recital series: Alan Morrison performs on Saturday, February 19 at 2:00pm 

Morrison at Kimmel

Alan Morrison is recognized as one of America's premier concert organists and enjoys a versatile career and his concert performances throughout North America, South America, Europe and Russia have all been received with enthusiastic praise for his quality programming, colorful use of the organ and interpretive integrity. The 2021-22 season features recitals throughout the US, masterclasses for Indiana University, Peabody, Rice University, University of Houston and Florida State University, adjudication, recording projects, three performances in Verizon Hall and collaborations with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Chanticleer, Delaware Choral Arts Society, pianist Min Kwon and soprano Karen Slack,two upcoming premiers by Adolphus Hailstork as well as his annual return to the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills (SD).

Collaboration with other artists plays a major role in Morrison’s career.  For over a decade he toured with his mother, pianist Jeannine Morrison, performing major works and transcriptions for piano and organ.  They were featured at the 2006 National AGO Convention in Chicago and recorded a CD (Festive Duo”) in Spivey Hall.  In Philadelphia he has collaborated with all the major choral ensembles: Choral Arts Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Singers, Mendelssohn Club, and Singing City.  He has also appeared with Dolce Suono Ensemble several times as harpsichordist and organist.  As a pianist he has been featured as concerto soloist performing works such as Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Gershwin’s Concerto in F (all with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fyodor Cherniavsky), Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Three Pianos (Atlanta Chamber Symphony conducted by Juan Ramirez), Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia conducted by Jeffery Brillhart), and Gillingham’s Concerto for Piano and Percussion Orchestra (Orlando, FL).  As winner of the GMEA Concerto Competition he performed the Piano Concerto #1 by Shostakovich (Larry Newland conducting the Georgia All State Orchestra) which was broadcast on TV.  Other TV appearances include two episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as both pianist and  organist.  He was subsequently invited to play for his memorial service at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh where other guests included Yo-Yo Ma, Hillary Hahn and Isaac Stern.  He currently collaborates regularly with The Orlando Chambers Soloists as a founding member.  They have recently received awards from Chamber Music America and National Endowment for the Arts.  He has also partnered several times with renowned cellist Andres Diaz at Brevard Music Festival and Spivey Hall among other venues playing major works of Rachmaninoff, Martinu, Lutosalwski, and Debussy.

A champion of American composers, Alan Morrison has premiered important new works by William Bolcom, Rachel Laurin, Dan Locklair, Emily Maxson-Porter, Mary Beth Bennett, Eric Sessler, Kyle Smith, Jon Spong, Brent Weaver, Daniel Crozier, as well as the American premier of Dances for Organ and Orchestra by Bob Chilcott.  One of Morrison’s CD recordings, American Voyage” features an all-American program with works by Creston, King, Crozier, Locklair, Stover and Sessler.  His numerous CD recordings are currently available through the internet or on iTunes.

Morrison has been chosen by his peers to perform for five national conventions of the AGO (Atlanta ’92, New York City ’96, Philadelphia ’02, Chicago ’06 and Atlanta 2020 as the Saint Cecilia Recitalist/Artist) as well as numerous regional conventions. In 2002, Alan Morrison was appointed head of the organ department at the world renowned conservatory, The Curtis Institute of Music, where he holds the Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies.  He has served as College Organist at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA since 1995 and was most recently appointed Organist-in-Residence at Spivey Hall where he holds the McGehee Family Organist Residency.  A graduate of both Curtis Institute of Music (BMus in Organ and MMus in Piano Accompanying) and Juilliard School of Music (Professional Studies in Organ), his teachers were Sarah Martin, Cherry Rhodes and John Weaver (organ) and Robert Harvey, Vladimir Sokoloff and Susan Starr (piano).

Alan Morrison is under the exclusive management of Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc. (Cleveland).

The program for his recital:

Toccata                                                                                                           Anne Wilson

Fantasie in A (from Trois Pièces pour Grand Orgue)                                     Cesar Franck

The Dancing Pipes                                                                                         Jonathan Dove

Passacaglia and Fugue                                                                                  Florence Price

Elegy                                                                                                              William Grant Still

Pageant                                                                                                          Leo Sowerby


Last Published: February 4, 2022 4:58 PM