Organ Recital Highlights Music of Gardner Read – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Organ Recital Highlights Music of Gardner Read

Organist Mary Ann Hamilton will perform Preludes on Old Southern Hymns by Gardner Read during the next Music, Meditations and Munchies.

February 19, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.-Music and prayers for Ash Wednesday are the theme of the next organ recital in the series “Music, Meditations and Munchies,” to be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, in St. John's Chapel, on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.

Colleges organist MaryAnn Hamilton will perform eight works from Preludes on Old Southern Hymns by Gardner Read. Colleges Chaplain Lesley Adams will read scripture and prayers from the Ash Wednesday liturgy. Those who wish may receive ashes following the concert. All concert-goers are invited to bring a bag lunch and stay for conversation and hot cross buns after the concert.

Read is a composer, teacher, conductor, and author originally from Evanston, Ill. He studied at the Eastman School of Music, with Ildebrando Pizzetti in Rome, and at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood with Aaron Copland.

Read's major awards include first prize in the 1937 New York Philharmonic-Symphony Society's American Composers Contest for his Symphony No. 1, Op. 30, first prize in the 1943 Paderewski Fund Competition for his Symphony No. 2, Op. 45, the Eastman School of Music Alumni Achievement Award in 1982, and first prize in the 1986 National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Competition for his Nocturnal Visions, Op. 145.

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