UST invites public to October concerts, recitals

UST invites public to October concerts, recitals

The University of St. Thomas welcomes the public to the music performances listed below. Admission is free. For more information, call the St. Thomas Music Department, (651) 962-5850.

October performances:

  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in St. Mary's Chapel, 2260 Summit Ave., St. Paul: Dr. David Jenkins, liturgical music director at the university's St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, will give an organ recital featuring the music of Distler, Hindemith, Laurin, Pärt, Alain and Hovland. For other details or directions, call (651) 962-5050.
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis: The UST Bands and Festival Choir will give a fall concert in one of the Twin Cities' premier venues.

On the program: A premiere of British composer Kit Turnbull's "Memories From Childhood" – a recent commission for the UST Bands, and a preview of choral works from the choir's 2009 tour of Greece.  Choral pieces include "Three Nocturnes," a new composition by Dan Forrest; " Twa Tanbou," a Haitian piece;   "Witness," a spiritual arrangement; and " Jesu und Maria" by Jay Broeker.

Dr. Doug Orzolek conducts the 65-member Symphonic Band, and Dr. Matthew George conducts the 45-member Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The Festival Choir, made up of students in the 50-member Chamber Singers and the 65-member Concert Choir, is conducted by Dr. Angela Broeker.

  • 8:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, located near Cleveland and Ashland avenues in St. Paul: Dr. Pamela Decker, a University of Arizona professor and organist at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tucson, will give a recital on St. Thomas' Gabriel Kney organ during the university's 30th annual Sacred Arts Festival.  She will perform one of her own compositions, "El Tigre" (2007), and works by Angela Kraft Cross, Ken Yukl, Matthew Whitehouse and George Crumb, and selections from "La Nativit é du Seigneur" by Olivier Messiaen.
Pamela Decker

Decker, who was called a "stunning virtuoso" by The American Organist, is an internationally acclaimed performer and composer. Her compositions for organ have been performed in 20 countries, including venues such as the Moscow-Tchaikovsky Conservatory Great Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and Minato Mirai Concert Hall in Yokohama, Japan. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stanford. A featured recitalist at many national and international conferences and festivals, the prize-winning musician was awarded the Henry and Phyllis Koffler Prize for research and creative activity at Arizona in 2004 – the first time the award ever had been presented to anyone in the arts.