"The Organ and Church Music International Perspectives" is the theme of a three-day organ conference to be held Wednesday through April 16 in Bales Recital Hall on the Kansas University campus.
Guest artists are Olivier Latry, titular organist of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, and Martin West, cantor and organist at the Michaeliskirche and musical director of the Eutiner Kantorei in Eutin, Germany, Lawrence's sister city.
In addition to daily session of lectures, master classes and panel discussions, the conference will include a series of five organ recitals by the guest artists and Michael Bauer and James Higdon of the KU organ faculty.
The recital lineup includes:
- Latry, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and April 16. Performed around the theme "Young Organists from the '30s, Young Organists from the '90s," Latry's programs will include works by Jean Langlais, Olivier Messiaen, Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, Jehan Alain and Thierry Escaich. He will conclude each recital with a series of improvisations.
- Bauer and Marie Rubis Bauer, both organists, and Christopher Moore, trumpet player, 1:30 p.m. April 15. The program will open with "Sonata for Trumpet and Organ," a 1994 work by Naji Hakim and include works by Dieterich Buxtehude, Vincent Persichetti, Petr Eben and Dan Locklair. The trio's recital will be repeated as part of KU's faculty recital series at 7:30 p.m. April 24.
- West, 7:30 p.m. April 15. The German organist will play "Toccata in D, BWV 913" and "Partite diverse sopra il Corale 'Ach, was soll ich Sunder machen,' BWV 770," by J.S. Bach, as well as works by Birger Petersen and Max Reger.
- Higdon, 1:30 p.m. April 16. Higdon will perform works by Charles Tournemire, Alain, Langlais, Cesar Franck and Stephen Paulus. He will repeat the recital at 2:30 p.m. May 9.
A complete schedule of conference events is available by calling the Bales Recital Hall information line, 864-2797. Tickets for the Latry and West recitals are available at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS, or at the door. Seating is limited.