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Montage series continues with symphonic organ recital

March 2, 2012

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans presents organist Ronald Wyatt in a solo recital, “Great Romantics for an American Symphonic Organ,” on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

“Great Romantics” will showcase the unique orchestral abilities of the Temple’s 1926 E. M. Skinner organ. The program will include John Cook’s “Fanfare,” Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in c minor,” Enrico Bossi’s “Ave Maria” and Louis Vierne’s “Symphonie I,” among others.

Wyatt holds degrees from the University of Texas and Trinity University, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in organ. In the mid-1970s, he spent a year in Europe studying organ literature and performance practices, even appearing on the Netherlands Television Network with Marie-Claire Alain, an acclaimed French organist known for her prolific recording career.

Since then, Wyatt has played numerous recitals throughout the United States and Europe, including a unique opportunity to play the calliope in a parade celebrating the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. Wyatt was a founder of the first statewide organ playing competition in Texas, has hosted a weekly radio series, and conducted masterclasses at a variety of colleges and universities. He is currently the director of music and organist at Trinity Episcopal Church on Galveston Island, Texas.

The recital is co-sponsored by the New Orleans Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Loyola University.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at jlbrown@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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