Timothy Albrecht completes Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" in 2013-14 Organ Series

University Organist Timothy Albrecht

August 13, 2013

Emory University announces the 2013-2014 University Organist Recital Series. Timothy Albrecht returns with fan favorite concerts like Halloween special "Scary Ride!" as well as the final installment of the Bach Birthday Cycle featuring "Well-Tempered Clavier I & II." All concerts are free and performed in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts or Glenn Auditorium where noted.

This season, Emory University Organist Albrecht completes Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" on March 21 at 8 p.m. Comprised of 48 preludes and 48 fugues that create a musical universe, "Well-Tempered Clavier" portrays a wide emotional spectrum from elation to lament, and showcases the complete catalogue of Baroque rhythms, meters, melodic figuration and fugal techniques.

"Many rank Bach's 'Well-Tempered Clavier' among Western Art's highest achievements; along with Michelangelo's sculptures, Shakespeare's dramas, Beethoven's symphonies, and Dostoyevsky's novels," says Albrecht. Presented in honor of Bach's birthday for the past four years, this season's installment sees the completion of the cycle for the first time in Atlanta.

Albrecht kicks off the season with "Bach Live!" on September 8 at 4 p.m., featuring Bach keyboard gems on both the Graves Memorial and Wortsman Memorial organs.

"Scary Ride!" returns on October 30 at 8 p.m. Count Dracula (Timothy Albrecht) and his minions are back, amidst thunder, lightening, fog, and gargoyles with Halloween fun for all ages.

"Bach Bowl!" provides a football alternative on Superbowl Sunday, February 2, at 3 p.m. The program features organists Tamara and Timothy Albrecht, pianists Keko Yamashita Ransom and William Ransom, the Vega String Quartet and tenor Bradley Howard.

The season also includes guest organists Melissa Plamann, organ professor at Oklahoma City University (November 10, 4 p.m. - Glenn Auditorium) and Christopher Young, Indiana University professor and Eastman School of Music alumnus (February 23, 4 p.m.).

Albrecht closes the season with the "Commencement Organ Recital" on May 11 at 4 p.m., celebrating Emory's 2014 Commencement exercises with Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March IV and other light classics.

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts are in the Schwartz Center for Perfomring Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, 30322. For additional details and venue information, visit arts.emory.edu.


Organ Music at Emory
The Emory Department of Music offers master of music and master of sacred music degrees in organ performance programs led by University Organist Timothy Albrecht. Albrecht is hailed by the New York American Organist as "demonstrating creative, fertile imagination," receiving praise for his "energized, electric performances . . . Lisztian virtuosity." Read his complete bio.