Organist of Notre-Dame de Paris performs this concert as part of his teaching residency at the KU School of Music. Latry is the William t. Kemper Artist-in-Residence.
The Bales Organ Recital Hall is a facility designed for and dedicated to the teaching, rehearsal, and performance of organ music. The 198-seat hall features exceptional acoustics specially designed for the magnificent 45-stop mechanical action organ built by Hellmuth Wolff & Associés Ltée.
While the Bales Organ Recital Hall and Wolff Opus 40 are the center of organ activity on the campus, several other instruments and facilities are important to the program. Additional instruments within the Bales facility include a practice organ by Juget-Sinclair and a studio organ by Paul Fritts. The Bales Organ Recital Hall contains recording equipment for the production of professional recordings.
For many years the program has utilized a two-manual mechanical action organ built by Andover, located in the beautiful St. Lawrence Catholic Center. Practice facilities in Murphy Hall include a two-manual, 7-stop mechanical action organ and a 4-stop mechanical action portative organ, both by Casavant. Organ practice rooms include three mechanical action practice organs built by Daniel Jaeckel and a 3-stop organ by Flentrop.
Organists are often interested in study and performance on carillon and harpsichord. The Taylor Carillon at the University of Kansas is a 53 bell, 4 1/2 octave instrument and is one of the finest in North America. It was fully renovated in 1996. Harpsichords at the university include instruments by Martin, Finney, and Daly. Instruction and performance opportunities are available to all students.
Program to include Symphony No. 5 (Charles-Marie Widor), Wagner transcriptions and an improvisation