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Appalachian’s Faculty Recital Series Presents “An Evening With Joby Bell”

BOONE—A journey through different music epochs, from the baroque era to the contemporary, will be performed by organist Joby Bell on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. at Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music. The performance is part of the school’s Faculty Recital Series.

Bell, a visiting assistant professor in the Hayes School of Music, will perform compositions from well-known composers including Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel Dupre and William Albright in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.

The concert opens with “Prelude and Fugue in B, Op. 7, No.1″ by Dupre. The composition highlights the organ’s resources and the organist’s stamina. The baroque era is represented by Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 541.”

Bell will perform three compositions by Belgian composer Jongen – The “Petit Prelude (Aria) W. 319,” “Scherzetto, Op. 108, No. 1″ and “Choral, Op. 37, No. 4.” The compositions, not considered part of the standard organ repertoire, are being re-discovered today through the research of organist John Scott Whiteley.

The athletic “Toccata” was composed in 1981 by Len D. Bobo. Bobo is minister of music for Covenant Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Miss.

Daniel E. Gawthrop is a prolific American choral and instrumental composer. Bell describes his composition “Caprice” as playful and joyfu. The “Chorale” has brooding and noble tones while the “Toccata Brevis” is triumphant and exultant. The short composition is played almost entirely on the organ’s black keys.

” Jig for the Feet” is part of William Albright’s “Organbook” series. The title is self-explanatory, but his “methods of achieving the sense of those titles are ingenious indeed,” writes Bell.

The program concludes with Maurice Durufle’s “Prelude and Fugue on the Name Alain.” The composition incorporates a five-note theme based on the letters A-L-A-I-N. Drufule develops the theme through rich harmonies and finishes with a fugue that increases in velocity and excitement.

Bell garnered the Audience Choice Award and Second Prize in the American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition, held in Seattle in 2000. Since 1990, Bell has maintained an active schedule of solo recitals, teaching, choral accompanying and student recital collaboration, as well as lectures and workshops on service playing. He was a featured artist during the 2001 Region VII Convention of the American Guild of Organists. In August 2003, he was guest organist for weekend Masses at the churches of St-Jean-Baptiste-de-la-Salle and St-Sulpice, Paris. He has played at the invitation of the Victoria Bach Festival, Houston Masterworks Chorus and the American Guild of Organists.

Bell’s concerts in the United States have met with high critical acclaim, and his performances abroad have been enthusiastically received in Paris, Chartres, London, and throughout Scotland, Romania and Hungary.

He is currently involved in a three-CD solo recording project. The first installment, with a working title of “Flourish!,” recorded at First Presbyterian Church in Houston, will be released this fall. The second installment, with a working title of “En Suite!,” is slated to be recorded at Appalachian during spring 2005.