Faculty Artist Series: Luther's Gregory Peterson to perform organ recital Sept. 22

Gregory Peterson, Luther College associate professor of music, will perform a horn recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

The performance will be held in the Center for Faith and Life's Main Hall on the Luther campus and is open to the public with no charge for admission. The program includes Praeludium in G Major by Nicolaus Bruhns, Three Chorale Preludes by Johann Sebastian Bach, Passacaglia by G. Winston Cassler, Psalm-Prelude, Op. 32, No. 2 by Herbert Howells and three movements from the Byzantine Sketches by Henri Mulet.

In addition to serving as the college organist and cantor to the student congregation, Peterson also conducts Luther Ringers, which he founded in 2008.

Peterson was born in Ames, Iowa and grew up in Northfield, Minn. He earned a bachelor's degree in music from Luther and the master of music degree from Yale University in the Institute of Sacred Music where he was Hugh Giles Scholar and received the Harry B. Jepson Memorial Scholarship. He holds the doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa where he was a Rahn Scholar and teaching assistant.

A dedicated and expert professional church musician for more than 25 years, Peterson served the historic Old South Church in Boston, Mass. as organist and Minister of Music from 1997-2005. At Old South he directed the Old South Choir and Old South Ringers and performed regularly with the Old South Brass, Organ and Timpani Ensemble including the ever-popular annual First Night Concerts on New Year's Eve.

Peterson has been hailed as an organist with "imagination and verve." His playing is described as "competent and stylish" by "The American Organist" and "excellent and masterful" by "Barometern" -- Sweden.

A frequent soloist, he has given recitals in several venues including Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Ala.; Trinity Church, Boston; the Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Mass.; the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Boston; and New York City's famed Riverside Church and Central Synagogue.

European venues include the Berlin Cathedral; Helsinki's Rock Church; St. Anne's Church, Warsaw; St. Nicholas Church, Prague; St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden and St. Augustine’s Church, Cardiff.