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Release: Jan. 31, 2002

Internationally Known Concert Organist Martin Jean To Play Feb. 15

Martin Jean, a faculty member at the Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, will present a free recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Jean, whose success in several major international organ competitions has led to a major concert career, is performing as part of the UI organ department's "Institute for Sacred Music 2002," a three-day workshop, Feb. 14-16, for church musicians.

Jean will play representative works by some of the most important contributors to the organ repertoire, from the Baroque period to the late 20th century, and from both the German and French traditions. His program will include works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Georg Boehm, J.S. Bach, Louis Vierne, Paul Hindemith, Olivier Messiaen and William Albright.

In addition to his competition medals Jean has won critical accolades around the world. After one recital, the critic of the Kansas City Star praised Jean for his "enormous flair, but never a hint of exaggeration . . . Jean phrased with exquisite elegance . . . phrases were elegantly turned."

Gerald Christensen wrote in "Music, Gettysburg" that Jean's recital performance was "spectacular," commenting that "Martin Jean was, as always, magnificent. We have no doubt but that Mr. Jean is among a handful of the finest organists in America today."

The Institute of Sacred Music is an annual event of the organ department of the UI School of Music and is aimed at church worship planners, music committees, clergy and musicians. This year's program, "Congregational Song in Global Perspective," includes lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and a special worship service at First Methodist Church in Iowa City, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.

For information and registration materials for the Institute for Sacred Music 2002, contact the Organ Department at (319) 335-1630.

Jean came to international attention in 1986, when he was awarded first prize at the international Grand Prix de Chartres competition, held bi-annually at the Chartres Cathedral, France. As part of this prize, he was invited for several concert tours of France, England and Luxembourg, where he played at the cathedrals of Poitiers, Chartres, Orleans, Chichester, Oxford and St. Alban's.

He also appeared in concert at Radio France in Paris as part of a recital series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of the great French organist/composer Louis Vierne. Evidence of the respect that he has earned in France came in 1998, when he was invited by the Chartres' competition's board of directors to be one of the judges for that year's competition..

In 1992 he won first prize at the National Young Artists' Competition in Organ Performance, held bi-annually by the American Guild of Organists in Atlanta, at its national convention. Since then, he has played more than 40 recitals, including appearances at the 1993 International Congress of Organists in Montreal, the Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, the Naples Performing Arts Center in Florida, the Riverside Church in New York City and as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

In addition, he has also won first prizes at the 1984 University of Michigan International Organ Performance Competition and the 1985 Flint National Organ Competition. He was also a finalist in the Calgary International Organ Festival Competition in 1990.

In the 2000-2001 season he performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach and is currently recording the six organ Symphonies of Louis Vierne on the Newberry Memorial Organ. He joined the Yale faculty in 1997.

The Institute for Sacred Music 2002 is supported by the UI School of Music, the Division of Performing Arts, the Frederick T. Rahn Memorial Fund, and the UI and River Valley chapters of the American Guild of Organists.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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"Congregational Song in Global Perspective"

University of Iowa

February 14-16, 2002



1 p.m. Room 1052, Voxman Music Building


2 p.m. Krapf Organ Studio, Voxman Music Building

Lecture by Paul Westermeyer,

3:45 p.m. Krapf Organ Studio

"Old and New Global Praise," lecture by Carlton T. Young,

6 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church

River Valley AGO Clergy Dinner

(All Institute For Sacred Music registrants invited)

7:30 p.m. First Methodist Church

Worship Service


8:30 a.m. Krapf Organ Studio

Martin Jean

11 a.m. Krapf Organ Studio

UI Student Recital

1:30 p.m. Krapf Organ Studio

Paul Westermeyer

3:15 p.m. Krapf Organ Studio

"A Singing Survey of Recent Congregational Song," lecture by Carlton T. Young,

8 p.m. Clapp Recital Hall

Public recital by Martin Jean


Praeludium in D Minor, BuxWV 139 Dietrich Buxtehude

Jesu, du bist allzu schoene Georg Boehm

Sonata III (1940) Paul Hindemith

Symphony No. 4, op. 28 Louis Vierne

5. Final

Passacaglia, BWV 582 J. S. Bach

Sweet Sixteenths William Albright

"Dieu parmi nous" (God among us) from "La Nativite" Olivier Messiaen


9:30 a.m. Krapf Organ Studio

Martin Jean

10 a.m. Krapf Organ Studio

Panel Summary: Paul Westermeyer, Carlton T. Young, Martin Jean