August 20, 2003

Meadows School Concerts Honor 10th Anniversary Of Fisk Opus 101 Organ In Caruth Auditorium

DALLAS (SMU) -- SMU's Meadows School of the Arts will present two concerts in September on the Fisk Opus 101 organ in Caruth Auditorium in honor of the organ's 10th anniversary. Larry Palmer, internationally known performer and scholar and SMU professor of organ and harpsichord, will give the first concert at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, and Susan Marchant, a music professor at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, will perform at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15. Caruth Auditorium is located in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley Avenues and at the Meadows Museum garage, just north of Mockingbird on Bishop Blvd. Both concerts are FREE, and no tickets are required.

Dr. Palmer, who gave the inaugural concert on the organ in 1993, will present six varied works, including César Franck's Fantaisie in C Major, written in 1868, and a 17th-century Portuguese Batalha portraying "The Battle of Good and Evil." He will also play two unpublished organ pieces by Calvin Hampton, which Mr. Hampton wrote for Palmer when both were undergraduates at Oberlin College in 1957, and A Triptych of Fugues by American composer Gerald Near.

Ms. Marchant's concert will include works by Bach, Pieter Cornet, Jacques Boyvin, Schumann and Hindemith, and three movements from Cathedral Windows by Sigfrid Karg-Elert.

When the organ debuted at Caruth Auditorium in 1993, it was the first Fisk organ in an educational institution in the Southwest. "Fisk organs are the Rolls Royces of the organ world due to their quality of workmanship," said Dr. Palmer. "The company builds no more than three a year, so once we got our name on the list, we waited nine years for ours to be built. It came directly after Fisk Opus 100 in the Meyerson Symphony Center, the first Fisk organ built for a symphony hall."

Dr. Palmer has taught at SMU since 1970. He has performed solo recitals in Europe and the United States and been seen nationally in the PBS television documentary Landowska: Uncommon Visionary. He is the author of more than 100 articles and two books on harpsichord and organ music, and may be heard on five CDs issued by Encore Performance/Limited Editions Recordings.

Ms. Marchant has taught at Pittsburg since 1979 and was the major force in the university's acquisition of its Fisk organ, Opus 106; she also made the first CD recording on that instrument in 1998. She has toured nationally as an organist and harpsichordist, giving recitals in such venues as Harvard University and the College of the Holy Cross. She is a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music.