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Feb. 11, 2004

Wales Organist To Perform Russian Concert Program Feb. 20

Iain Quinn, an organist from Wales who is director of music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford, Conn., will play a concert of little known organ music from Russia at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City.

The concert, a presentation of the University of Iowa School of Music, the Frederick T. Rahn Memorial Fund at the UI and the River Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will be free and open to the public.

Russia produced relatively little organ music, due to an 18th-century prohibition against instrumental music by the Russian Orthodox Church. Nevertheless, during the later 19th century, several of the Russian nationalist composers, aiming to join the European musical mainstream, produced organ works in the traditional genres, including preludes, fugues and various types of variations.

Quinn has collected the best of these works and performed them, together with more contemporary Russian works, in concerts around the United States. He has also recorded a CD of Russian organ music, "The Tsar of Instruments," on the Chandos label.

Quinn will begin the Feb. 20 concert with the Prelude and Fugue in D major, op. 93, by Alexander Glazunov, and end with the Prelude and Fugue in D minor, op. 98, by the same composer. Between these Glazunov bookends, he will play works by a number of historically important, if unfamiliar, 19th-century composers: the Fugue in E flat major by Mikhael Glinka; two preludes by Cesar Cui; Fugue on a Russian Christmas Song by Reinhold Gliere; and Choral Varie by Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev.

Works on the concert by better-known composers will include an Andante in F major by Sergei Rachmaninov and two short works by Dmitri Shostakovich.

A native of Cardiff, Wales, Quinn began his musical training in the choir at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff. He has studied organ in London, at the Juilliard School in New York, at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford and at the Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University, where he is presently completing graduate studies. He has also studied at the International Academy for Organists in Haarlem, The Netherlands.

Quinn has performed around the world and at international festivals in New York and San Francisco; Rome, Italy; Gdansk, Poland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Dundee, Scotland; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Cardiff, Wales. Several composers have written works specifically for Quinn that he has premiered. He has five solo recordings on the Raven, Paulus, Hyperion and Chandos labels.

Since 1998 Quinn has served as director of music at Trinity Episcopal Church, Hartford, Conn., and is also an examiner for the Royal School of Church Music. He is a faculty member of the Church Music Institute at the University of Hartford and lectures throughout the United States. In 2004 he will serve as a guest lecturer for the Sewanee Church Music Conference at the University of the South, the oldest church music conference of the Episcopal Church. He previously served at the Blackheath Conservatoire in London and the Church of the Intercession in New York.

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