TAMIU Sharkey-Corrigan Organ Recital Series Features Indiana Professor, Organist

TAMIU Sharkey-Corrigan Organ
Recital Series, Wednesday, Nov. 28

Make plans to attend the next installment in the Texas A&M International University Sharkey-Corrigan 2007/2008 Organ Recital Series Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) Recital Hall.

This event is free and open to the public.

The guest performer for the Recital Series is Dr. Larry Smith, professor of organ at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

The evening’s program includes works by Gaston Litaize, Gardner Read, Paul Hindemith, Johann Sebastian Bach and Joseph Jongen.

Dr. Smith has maintained a career as a concert organist of national recognition, having performed solo recitals for three consecutive national American Guild of Organists’ (AGO) conventions in 1982, 1984 and 1986. He also served as a judge for the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) at the 1988 National AGO Convention in Houston.

Before his initial appointment as visiting professor of music to Indiana University in 1981, Smith served on the faculties of Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, and Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Prior to his work in academe, he was full-time director of music at the First United Methodist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He was appointed chairman of the organ department at Indiana University in 1982, a position he held until the fall of 1992. In fall of 2003 he resumed duties as chair of the department.

Smith received his B.M. in 1965 from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, and he graduated from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. At Eastman, he worked with David Craighead and earned that school’s prized Performer’s Certificate in Organ.

The Sharkey-Corrigan Organ is a gift of the E. H. Corrigan Foundation, led by longtime 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 and make real its musical riches for generations to come.

The next performance in the Recital Series is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. and features chamber music with organ by Mariko Morita, Dr. Yu-Mei Huang, Dr. Susan Berdahl, Brendan Townsend and more.

For more information, please call the TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences department of fine and performing arts at 326.2654.

Visit www.tamiu.edu/coas/fpa/coe for a calendar of upcoming fine and performing arts events.

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