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Feb. 7, 2007

Organist From University Of Washington Will Present UI Recital Feb. 16

Douglas Cleveland, an organist on the faculty of the University of Washington, will present a free recital as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Considered one of America's leading concert organists, Cleveland won first prize at the Fort Wayne Organ Competition in 1993, and in 1994 he followed this by winning the first prize at the American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Dallas. Since winning these important competitions, Cleveland has performed in 48 states and in Australia, England, Russia, Sweden, Germany and France.

Cleveland will begin the recital on Feb. 16 with several works from the Baroque period. Considered the first great era of organ-building and composition, the Baroque period -- roughly 1600 to 1750 -- provides music that an essential part of the organ repertoire. Works written in the 20th and 21st centuries and requiring a different performance style will fill the remainder of the program.

The Baroque works will form the first half of the recital:

-- "Grand Dialogue" in C major by Louis Marchand (1669-1732);

-- the Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 (after Vivaldi) by J. S. Bach (1685-1750); and

-- Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major, BWV 552.

After intermission, Cleveland will present three works from the early 20th century to a work completed last year:

-- "Ave Maris Stella," composed in 2004 by Pamela Decker (born in 1955);

-- "Pieces de Fantaisie (Deuxieme Suite)" (Fantasy pieces, second suite) by Louis Vierne (1870-1937); and

-- Four Concert Etudes, composed in 2006 by David Briggs (born in 1957).

Cleveland holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University. He often appears by invitation at workshops and conventions, and has performed for the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. He has appeared with the National Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony and other orchestras. His first recording, "The Grand Organ of Princeton University Chapel," was released in 1993, and he has subsequently made two recordings on the Gothic label that have received critical acclaim in Fanfare, the American Record Guide and Organists Review.

In 1997, Cleveland taught organ as a visiting faculty member at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. From 1999 to 2004 he assistant professor of organ and church music at Northwestern University, where he received the Searle Fellowship for teaching excellence. He currently maintains a full recital calendar and is director of music at Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle, in addition to teaching organ at the University of Washington School of Music.

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