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Saluting Those Who Served| August 17th

Saluting Those Who Served: Music from a Time of War
Featuring organist Jan Kraybill

Sunday, August 17th | 4:00 PM
Helzberg Hall

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Saluting Those Who Served: Music from a Time of War showcases music written and created during the time of world war conflict. Featuring letters from soldiers and those affected by war, the performance incorporates music, spoken word performance and audience interaction. The program highlights the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875, the visual centerpiece in Helzberg Hall.

The event is part of the commemoration of the WWI Centennial in partnership with the National WWI Museum, featuring Dr. Jan Kraybill, organ conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 

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Partial program listing:
Program highlights may include Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man, Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Military March No.1, Op. 39, Over There, Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag, Louis Vierne: Prelude and Allegro from Symphony No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 32, Blanche Gangwere:Desolation, Jehan Alain: Joies (Joys) from Trois Danses, Marcel Dupré: Poème Héroïque (Heroic Poem), Op. 33

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For more information about the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875, click here.

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Cameron Carpenter | October 26th

Cameron Carpenter, Organist

Sunday, October 26th | 7:00 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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Cameron Carpenter

“There were many moments…of majestic beauty and manic ferocity that took the breath away…Carpenter is already the most gifted organist in many a generation. And he’s only just begun.” (The Los Angeles Times)

 

Back after his sold out performance at the Kauffman Center, Cameron Carpenter performs in Muriel Kauffman Theatre on his newly designed international touring organ. Cameron is having a ball smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music – all the while generating worldwide acclaim and controversy. His repertoire – from the complete works of J. S. Bach to film scores, his original works and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements – is probably the most diverse of any organist. Cameron brings his International Touring Organ to the Kauffman Center – a monumental digital organ of his own design, playable throughout the world. Cameron’s embrace of fashion on the concert stage includes concert wear of his own design.

“Everything he touches turns fantastical and memorable.” (The New York Times)

As a keyboard prodigy, he performed Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier at age 11 before joining the American Boychoir School in 1992 as a boy soprano. 

Cameron Carpenter is “one of the rare musicians who changes the game of his instrument…He is a smasher of cultural and classical music taboos. He is technically the most accomplished organist I have ever witnessed…And most important of all, the most musical.” (The Los Angeles Times)

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Art Spiegelman | WORDLESS! | October 19th

Art Spiegelman performs WORDLESS!

Created in collaboration with Phillip Johnston Sunday, October 19th | 7:00 PM Helzberg Hall

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Art Spiegelman, noted as a historian and theorist of comics as well as an artist, collaborates with Phillip Johnston, the critically acclaimed jazz composer who will be performing live with his sextet. Johnston’s music accompanies the cartoonist’s personal tour of the first legitimate “graphic novels”— silent picture stories made by early 20th century masters like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward and Milt Gross—and their influence on him. As Spiegelman explores “the battle between Words and Pictures,” he smashes at the hyphen between High and Low Art in a presentation featuring a new work drawn specifically for this project, “Shaping Thought.”

This event is sponsored by Lawrence and Donna Gould Cohen and Martha Gershun and Don Goldman in memory of Gloria P. Gershun, a professional librarian and passionate booklover with deep ties to the Jewish community.

Art SpiegelmanArt Spiegelman: Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus— which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content.  

Phillip Johnston:Phillip Johnston  A saxophonist and composer of both jazz and new music, Phillip has been a significant figure in the underground music scene of New York’s downtown since the beginning of the 1980’s. He has composed extensively for film, and his original scores for silent film have been performed at the Sydney Opera House and beyond. 

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