October program: Bach’s “Clavierübung III”

Our October program is a double feature!  On October 9, at 3:00 PM in Lagerquist Hall, Jonathan Ryan will play Part III of Bach’s Clavierübung.    Because this PLU event is partially sponsored by the AGO, Tacoma AGO members who are under age 55 will get a discounted admission price of $10.  Members who are age 55 or greater already qualify for the PLU Senior Citizen rate of $10.

The following day, on October 10, Mr. Ryan will discuss this work at Kilworth Chapel at 7:30 PM.  His presentation will focus on the work’s  context, genesis, and symbolism.  He will address structure, and style within the movements, with an emphasis on practical application and performance.

Mr. Ryan has the rare distinction of holding six First Prize awards from major international and national organ competitions.  He most notably entered the international spotlight when awarded First Prize in the 2009 Jordan II International Organ Competition, one of the most substantial First Prize awards of any organ competition at the time. He was additionally awarded the only auxiliary prize at the Jordan Competition, the LeTourneau Concerto Prize, given for the best performance of a newly commissioned work for organ and percussion ensemble.  Additional First Prize awards include the 2006 Arthur Poister National Organ Competition, the 2006 John Rodland Scholarship Competition, the 2004 Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition (Young Professional Division), and the 2003 Augustana Arts-Reuter National Organ Competition.

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