Second Performance in TAMIU's Sharkey-Corrigan Recital Series Set for Jan. 21

Sharkey-Corrigan Organ Recital
Series Continues Sunday, Jan. 21

The second offering in the new Sharkey-Corrigan Organ Recital Series continues with a concert by Dr. Timothy Albrecht at Texas A&M International University’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) Recital Hall Sunday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Albrecht, Emory University organist, professor of church music in the Chandler School of Theology and professor of music in the department of music, heads the graduate organ department there and spends summers teaching in Vienna and performing in Europe. His compositions have been published into 12 volumes of “Grace Notes” and he has recorded four solo CDs available worldwide.

Ambidextrous and possessing perfect pitch, Albrecht spent his childhood in Los Angeles and Wisconsin, studying piano first and formal organ lessons at 15. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he earned degrees at Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin College and The Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded both his performers certificate and doctorate.

The afternoon’s hour-long recital, arranged in four groups, will consist of a variety of organ compositions reflecting different moods. Albrecht will also offer short comments within the program.

The New York American Organist states he “plays with a facility and fluency that we all strive for...a sheer pleasure…a delightful musician.”

He has performed organ recitals from Alaska to the Andes, Chicago to China, with concert sites including King’s College Cambridge, Tapei National Concert Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and St. Sulpice in Paris.  His recitals have been broadcast on National Public Radio and the BBC. He has taught master classes at the Juilliard School, Oundle International Organ Academy in England and many workshops for the American Guild of Organists. In addition to his TAMIU performance, this season will see Albrecht play in New York, Atlanta, Vienna, Bratislava and Kiev.

The Sharkey-Corrigan Organ was a gift of the E. H. Corrigan Foundation, lead by long-time Laredo businessman E. H. Corrigan, passionate supporter of the arts. Corrigan has said his gift is a statement of an affection for his hometown and intended to provide this area with one of the finest pipe organs, making real its musical riches for generations to come.

Constructed by the Kegg Company of Hartville, Ohio, the Sharkey-Corrigan Organ has 69 ranks and 52 stops. It features 3998 pipes, four keyboards and a pedal board and pipes placed in three locations.  The largest pipes are made of zinc, but most are alloys of tin and lead. Three sets of wood pipes are made of poplar, basswood and pine. The Organ’s total weight is approximately 35,000 pounds.

For more information, please contact Mariko Morita, TAMIU visiting assistant professor of organ and accompanist, at 326.3042, e-mail mmorita@tamiu.edu or visit offices in CFPA, room 209C.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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