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Release: Jan. 31, 2002
Internationally Known Concert Organist Martin Jean To Play Feb. 15
Martin Jean, a faculty member at the Yale University School
of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, will present a free recital at 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 15, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
Jean, whose success in several major international organ
competitions has led to a major concert career, is performing as part of the
UI organ department's "Institute for Sacred Music 2002," a three-day workshop,
Feb. 14-16, for church musicians.
Jean will play representative works by some of the most
important contributors to the organ repertoire, from the Baroque period to
the late 20th century, and from both the German and French traditions. His
program will include works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Georg Boehm, J.S. Bach,
Louis Vierne, Paul Hindemith, Olivier Messiaen and William Albright.
In addition to his competition medals Jean has won critical
accolades around the world. After one recital, the critic of the Kansas City
Star praised Jean for his "enormous flair, but never a hint of exaggeration
. . . Jean phrased with exquisite elegance . . . phrases were elegantly turned."
Gerald Christensen wrote in "Music, Gettysburg" that Jean's
recital performance was "spectacular," commenting that "Martin Jean was, as
always, magnificent. We have no doubt but that Mr. Jean is among a handful
of the finest organists in America today."
The Institute of Sacred Music is an annual event of the
organ department of the UI School of Music and is aimed at church worship
planners, music committees, clergy and musicians. This year's program, "Congregational
Song in Global Perspective," includes lectures, panel discussions, workshops,
and a special worship service at First Methodist Church in Iowa City, at 7:30
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.
For information and registration materials for the Institute
for Sacred Music 2002, contact the Organ Department at (319) 335-1630.
Jean came to international attention in 1986, when he
was awarded first prize at the international Grand Prix de Chartres competition,
held bi-annually at the Chartres Cathedral, France. As part of this prize,
he was invited for several concert tours of France, England and Luxembourg,
where he played at the cathedrals of Poitiers, Chartres, Orleans, Chichester,
Oxford and St. Alban's.
He also appeared in concert at Radio France in Paris as
part of a recital series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of
the great French organist/composer Louis Vierne. Evidence of the respect that
he has earned in France came in 1998, when he was invited by the Chartres'
competition's board of directors to be one of the judges for that year's competition..
In 1992 he won first prize at the National Young Artists'
Competition in Organ Performance, held bi-annually by the American Guild of
Organists in Atlanta, at its national convention. Since then, he has played
more than 40 recitals, including appearances at the 1993 International Congress
of Organists in Montreal, the Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, the Naples
Performing Arts Center in Florida, the Riverside Church in New York City and
as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
In addition, he has also won first prizes at the 1984
University of Michigan International Organ Performance Competition and the
1985 Flint National Organ Competition. He was also a finalist in the Calgary
International Organ Festival Competition in 1990.
In the 2000-2001 season he performed the complete organ
works of Johann Sebastian Bach and is currently recording the six organ Symphonies
of Louis Vierne on the Newberry Memorial Organ. He joined the Yale faculty
The Institute for Sacred Music 2002 is supported by the
UI School of Music, the Division of Performing Arts, the Frederick T. Rahn
Memorial Fund, and the UI and River Valley chapters of the American Guild
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing
Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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INSTITUTE FOR SACRED MUSIC 2002
"Congregational Song in Global Perspective"
University of Iowa
February 14-16, 2002
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14
1 p.m. Room 1052, Voxman Music Building
2 p.m. Krapf Organ Studio, Voxman Music Building
Lecture by Paul Westermeyer,
3:45 p.m. Krapf Organ Studio
"Old and New Global Praise," lecture by Carlton
6 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church
River Valley AGO Clergy Dinner
(All Institute For Sacred Music registrants invited)
7:30 p.m. First Methodist Church
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15
8:30 a.m. Krapf Organ Studio
11 a.m. Krapf Organ Studio
UI Student Recital
1:30 p.m. Krapf Organ Studio
3:15 p.m. Krapf Organ Studio
"A Singing Survey of Recent Congregational Song,"
lecture by Carlton T. Young,
8 p.m. Clapp Recital Hall
Public recital by Martin Jean
Praeludium in D Minor, BuxWV 139 Dietrich Buxtehude
Jesu, du bist allzu schoene Georg Boehm
Sonata III (1940) Paul Hindemith
Symphony No. 4, op. 28 Louis Vierne
Passacaglia, BWV 582 J. S. Bach
Sweet Sixteenths William Albright
"Dieu parmi nous" (God among us) from "La Nativite" Olivier
SATURDAY, FEBURARY 16
9:30 a.m. Krapf Organ Studio
10 a.m. Krapf Organ Studio
Panel Summary: Paul Westermeyer, Carlton T. Young,