Internationally known organist Gail Archer to perform recital Oct. 11

Sept. 24, 2009

Gail Archer, internationally known concert organist, will perform a guest recital Sunday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life main hall.

The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Her recital will commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn and will feature Bach’s “Allien Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr” and “Praeludium et Fuge in F Major”, “Wonderous Love” by Samuel Barber, “Praeludium in F# Major” by Deiterich Buxtehude, Sonata VI by Felix Mendelssohn, “L’asencion” by Oliver Messaen, Sonata for organ by Vincent Persichetti, and “Fantasia uber Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott” by Max Reger.

Archer specializes in early fingering and organ registration from the Dutch and North German Schools of organ. She practices music drawn from the 16th-18th centuries from Spain and Italy. Her performances are famous for being simple with single line melodies and at other times complex and virtuosic.

Archer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the Manhattan School of Music and an artist diploma from the Boston Conservatory.

She is a college organist at Vassar College, serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music where she teaches organ and music history, and is the director of music at Barnard College, Columbia University.