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Release: Jan. 16, 2003
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Organist From Notre Dame University Will Give UI Guest Recital Jan. 31
Craig Cramer, the university organist at Notre Dame University,
will give a University of Iowa guest recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in
Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. His performance, featuring music from
the 17th through the 20th centuries, will be free and open to the public.
This first half of Cramer’s recital will feature two of the leading
composers of the German Baroque style, considered the first great flowering
of music for organ: the Prelude in E minor by Dietrich Buxtehude and the
Passacaglia et thema fugatum (Passacaglia and fugue) in C Minor by Johann
Between these two Baroque works Cramer will play the Two Chorale Preludes
by an early-20th-century British composer, Ethel Smyth.
After intermission, Cramer will extend the diversity of his program with
two works by living composers, portions of the “Incarnation Suite on ‘Puer
natus est nobis,’” composed in 1999 by Joel Martinson; and “Lumina,” composed
in 1993 by Firmin DeCerf.
Cramer will close the recital with the Second Sonata of 1901 by the late-Romantic
German composer Max Reger.
Cramer is professor of organ at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend,
Ind. One of the most active organ recitalists today, he has performed throughout
the United States as well as in Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, England,
France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Scotland and Switzerland. He has performed
for regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) as well
as for many AGO Chapters.
He has played recently at universities across the United States, including
Arizona State, the University of Chicago, Duke, Harvard, Iowa State, Stanford
and Yale; at the Spokane Bach Festival; and cathedrals in the United States
and Europe. He has also appeared as soloist with the Toledo Symphony, the
South Bend Chamber Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony, the Notre Dame Chamber
Orchestra and the Eastman Philharmonia.
Cramer has performed the complete organ works of Bach in a series of 18
concerts performed on mechanical-action organs in Indiana. In 1998 he was
guest artistic director of the Redlands Organ Festival in Redlands, Cal.
In April 1999 he earned critical acclaim with an all-Bach recital on the
new organ by Paul Fritts at Pacific Lutheran University. To celebrate the
Bach year 2000, Cramer performed a series of all Bach recitals in 38 cities
across the United States and in Europe.
Cramer has recorded CDs on American and European organs for a variety of
labels, including Arkay, Motette-Ursina Naxos and Sonic Windows. His recordings
and recitals have been featured on the nationally syndicated radio program “Pipedreams,” including
a program dedicated solely to him.
Cramer holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School
of Music, where he earned a doctoral degree in organ performance. The Eastman
School also awarded him the Performer's Certificate in Organ. He won several
competitions, including the Alexander McCurdy Competition in Organ Performance
at Westminster Choir College and the National Organ Competition at First
Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne, Ind.
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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