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Feb. 7, 2003

UI Presents Recital By Organist Stowe Feb. 22

John Chappell Stowe, who teaches organ at the School of Music of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will perform music of J.S. Bach and organ music of Italy, among other works, on a free public recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Stowe's recital will be part of the annual Institute for Sacred Music, hosted Feb. 20-22 by the organ area of the UI School of Music. Admission to other events in the Institute for Sacred Music 2003 is by paid registration only. Interested persons may register for the entire three-day institute, or separately for single days.

Stowe will open his recital with the Prelude in A minor, S. 551, of J.S. Bach. "The Music of Italy," which follows, will feature works by the Baroque-era composers Girolamo Frescobaldi and Giuseppe Tartini, and by the 20th-century composers Luciano Berio and Giacomo Bellucci.

The entire second half of the program will be taken by a single work, the Variations on an Original Theme, op. 73, by the late-Romantic German composer Max Reger.

In addition to Stowe, other presenters at the Institute for Sacred Music 2003 will include Frank Burch Brown, the director of master's degree program in church music and the Frederick Doyle Kershner Professor of Religion and the Arts at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis; and Carol Doran, professor of music and liturgy and seminary organist at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.

A professor of organ at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, Stowe was a visiting faculty member at the UI during the 1993-94 academic year. He also serves as national vice-president of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and dean of the Madison chapter, AGO. He has held the posts of associate director of the UW School of Music (1990-1993) and director of graduate studies (1996-1999).

Before moving to Wisconsin Stowe was taught organ and church music at Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y. He graduated from Southern Methodist University and the Eastman School of Music. He received both a doctoral degree and performer's certificate from the Eastman School and was the first-place winner in 1978 of the National Open Organ Playing Competition of the AGO. In recent years he has pursued study of Italian organ repertoire with distinguished Italian organist/scholars. He is active throughout the United States as a recitalist and presenter of workshops and master classes.

Stowe's teaching interests include organ repertoire and performance techniques of all periods, with special emphasis on early Italian and 20th-century music. Stowe also teaches harpsichord, early music, improvisation and organ design at UW-Madison. With John Aley, trumpet, he has recorded "Windows" by Petr Eben on the T.O.G. label.

Registration information for the 2003 Institute for Sacred Music can be found on the UI School of Music web page, at

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Stowe's recital is sponsored by the School of Music and the Frederick T.Rahn Memorial Fund. The institute for Sacred Music is supported in part by the UI the River Valley Chapters of the American Guild of Organists.

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February 20-22, 2003
The University of Iowa

1-2 p.m. School of Music, Room 1052: Registration
2 p.m. Krapf Organ Studio: Lecture by Frank Burch Brown, "Ecumenical Taste and the Music of the Church"
3:45 p.m., Krapf Organ Studio: Lecture by Carol Doran, "The People's Song"
6 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church: River Valley AGO Clergy Dinner (All Institute for Sacred Music registrants invited)
7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church : Worship Service,

8:30 a.m., Krapf Organ Studio: Lecture by John Chappell Stowe, "What is essential to the training of today's church musician?"
11 a.m., Krapf Organ Studio: UI Student Recital
1:30 p.m., Krapf Organ Studio: Lecture by Frank Burch Brown, "Sacred Music and Secular Music -- What is the Difference?"
3:15 p.m., Krapf Organ Studio: Lecture by Carol Doran, "Living Into New Ways"
8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall: Organ Recital: John Chappell Stowe

9:30 a.m., Krapf Organ Studio: Lecture by John Chappell Stowe, "Authenticity, performance and ministry: Can there be a blessed trinity?"
10:30 a.m., Krapf Organ Studio: Panel summary with all presenters

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