September 27, 1999 Geneva, NY — German organist Uwe-Karsten Gross will present a concert of sacred and secular music on the Austin organ beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, in St. John's Chapel on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
The concert is free and the public is invited. The concert will feature works by Dietrich Buxtehude (“Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” and “Von Gott will ich nicht lassen”); Georg Boehm (“Wer nur den lieben Gott laesst walten”); Felix Mendelssohn (“Choral Sonata: 'Vater unser im Himmelreich' from Sonata Six”); Jan Janca (“Hilf, Herr meines Lebens”); J.S. Bach (Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major”); Hans-Martin Kiefer (“Blues All Day”); and Zsolt Gardonyi (“Mozart Changes”).
Gross is well known in Europe as a radio and recording artist, and is instrumental in commissioning and publishing new organ music there. He is also active in promoting contact between church musicians from the West and former Soviet bloc countries. On his 1997 tour of the American Midwest, Gross concentrated on the theme “Jazz for the Organ,” presenting contemporary German music written in jazz style.
Gross studied both in Berlin and with Fernando Germani in Siena, Italy. He served as church musician in Berlin and at St. Katherine's Church in Braunschweig, and later as director of the Academy of Church Music in Herford, Germany's largest church music school.
The concert is sponsored by the Hobart Dean's Office, the Colleges' Department of Music and Chaplain's Office, and Trinity Episcopal Church in Geneva.
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