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World-Renowned Organist Martin Jean to Perform in Wilson's Van Looy Organ Series

Posted: April 6, 2010

4/6/2010 Brilliant concert organist Martin Jean will make his Wilson College debut in the spring performance of the 2009-10 Van Looy Organ Series on Sunday, April 25, in Thomson Hall’s Alumnae Chapel.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 8, 2010
CONTACT: Kathy Lehman, Director of Conferences and Special Events
Phone: 717-262-2003
Email: specialevents@wilson.edu


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Brilliant concert organist Martin Jean will make his Wilson College debut in the spring performance of the 2009-10 Van Looy Organ Series on Sunday, April 25, in Thomson Hall’s Alumnae Chapel. The performance will begin at 3 p.m.

Jean has risen to the highest ranks of the world’s concert organists and is recognized widely as a brilliant, warmly communicative artist. As the winner of two of the most prestigious organ competitions in the world, he has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Among the musical selections Jean will play at Wilson are: “Prelude and Fugue in D Major” by J.S. Bach, “Fugue in Ab Minor” by Johannes Brahms, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” by William Bolcom and “The 94th Psalm” by Julius Reubke.

In 1986, Jean was awarded first prize at the international Grand Prix de Chartres competition, held biannually at the Chartres Cathedral in France. As part of this prize, he was invited several times for concert tours of France, England and Luxembourg, where he played at a number of cathedrals. He also was a featured performer at the 2004 national convention of the American Guild of Organists held in Los Angeles.

Jean is professor of organ at the Yale School of Music and director of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Prior to assuming his position at Yale, he served as associate professor of music and university organist at Valparaiso University in Indiana, and as associate professor of music at Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Mich. He has a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Robert Glasgow and was also a holder of the Regents’ Fellowship. Additional coaching has been with David Craighead and Russell Saunders.

Jean has commercial recordings on the Raven and Gothic labels.



Ticket prices for the Van Looy Organ Series are:

Preferred seating – $10 (seating in rows E through row H)

General admission – $5 (seating in rows I through V)

Patrons - $50 to $99 (two tickets to one concert of choice, seating in rows A through D and name listed in program)

Sponsors - $100 and up (two tickets to each concert, seating in rows A through D and ad listed in program)



Additional opportunities for patrons and sponsors are available.

For more information or to order tickets, call 717-262-2003 or email specialevents@wilson.edu. Tickets also may be ordered online by visiting the college website at www.wilson.edu and clicking on Events and Conferences, then on Van Looy Organ Series.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and a master’s degree in education. The college’s 2009-10 enrollment in both the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 838 and includes students from 20 states and 18 foreign countries. Wilson is committed to environmental sustainability and to preparing leaders who will serve their communities and professions effectively.

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