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Organist Bruce Stevens to perform in Setnor Auditorium Feb. 21

February 07, 2012

Erica Blust
(315) 443-5891

Organist Bruce Stevens, an instructor of organ at the University of Richmond in Virginia and organist emeritus of the historic Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, will present an organ recital on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. on the historic Holtkamp organ in the Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College. The recital is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Irving Garage; patrons should mention that they are attending the recital.

stevensStevens will perform works by Buxtehude, Bach, Schumann, Rheinberger, Reger and Klaas Bolt. The recital is co-sponsored by the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Syracuse chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Stevens has performed recitals for 20 annual national conventions of the Organ Historical Society, for regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and for national conventions of the American Institute of Organbuilders. After receiving degrees in music from the University of Richmond and the University of Illinois, he moved to Europe for an extended period of study, first in Denmark and then in Vienna, where he was a student of the legendary Anton Heiller.

Stevens was a finalist in the AGO Organ Playing Competition as well as in other national competitions held in Los Angeles and Fort Wayne. Active as a recording artist, he has recorded seven discs for Raven Recordings, including a series devoted to Rheinberger’s organ sonatas played on various historic American organs. His performances have been broadcast over National Public Radio on “Performance Today” and over American Public Radio on “Pipedreams.” He is director of Historic Organ Study Tours (HOST), which he founded to further the study of historic organs in Europe and elsewhere.

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