Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


Oct. 25, 2006

Swedish Organist Will Play Guest Recital At UI Nov. 11

Hans-Ola Ericsson, a distinguished organist and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, will present a free University of Iowa guest recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Ericsson will play an extremely diverse program, ranging from anonymous music from a medieval manuscript, to one of the pinnacles of Baroque organ music in works of J.S. Bach, to music by the 20th-century Catholic mystic Olivier Messiaen.

Works of contemporary Swedish composers little known in the United States will bracket the program, which will be:

-- "Libera me," a 1980 composition by Sven-David Sandstrom;

-- Bach's Ricercar for Six Voices from "A Musical Offering";

-- Messiaen's "Le Fils, Verbe et Lumiere" (The son, word and light) from "Meditations sur le mystere de la Sainte Trinite" (Meditations on the mystery of the Holy Trinity);

-- three works from the 14th-century Robertsbridge Codex, an English manuscript that is one of the oldest sources of music for keyboard;

-- Messiaen's "Les mains de l'abime" (The hands of the abyss) from "Livre d'Orgue" (Organ book);

-- Bach's Contrapunctus XVIII for three subjects from "The Art of Fugue"; and

-- "Encores," a 1961 composition by Jan W. Morthenson.

Ericsson was born in Stockholm and studied music in Stockholm; in Freiburg, Germany; and later in the Venice, Italy, and United States. He has held guest professorships in Riga, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Amsterdam, and has lectured and performed at a large number of leading organ festivals and academic symposia world wide, persistently campaigning for new music. For more information, see .

Ericsson's program is sponsored by the UI School of Music and the Frederick T. Rahn Memorial Fund.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. ou may visit the UI School of Music web site at

For information on UI arts events, visit on the World Wide Web. Y To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846;

PHOTOS are available at