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Bales Artist Recital Series features Christopher Marks on February 1st

Thursday, January 17, 2013

LAWRENCE, KS — The KU School of Music welcomes Christopher Marks, assistant professor of organ at the University of Nebraska, as part of the Bales Artist Recital Series. The recital will be held on Friday, February 1st at 7:30 p.m. at the Bales Organ Recital Hall at the Lied Center of Kansas.

Marks will present a program consisting of works of Johann Sebastian Bach and the American composer Seth Bingham.

Tickets are available at the Lied Center Ticket Office (785-864-2787) or online at lied.ku.edu. Ticket prices are $12 for the general public and $5 for seniors. Students are free.

About Christopher Marks
Christopher Marks has been hailed for his “style and assurance” in performance, and is quickly gaining a reputation for creative and friendly programming. His interest and skill with historic American instruments has led to four appearances at conventions of the Organ Historical Society.

Marks is assistant professor of organ at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 1999 to 2006 he taught organ and served as University Organist at Syracuse University. An active proponent of new music, Marks has premiered a number of commissioned organ works. His diverse stylistic interests also steer him toward varied repertoire, with a recent interest in American organ music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Equally comfortable with solo and collaborative playing, he has performed with ensembles such as the Boston Brass, Ethos Percussion Group, and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees from University of Richmond (B.M., piano), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.M., piano and M.M., organ), and the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A., organ), where he studied with Michael Farris. His performances have garnered him top prizes in competitions, including the Arthur Poister Competition, the San Marino Competition, the Fort Wayne Competition, and the Mader Competition.

Marks' recording entitled Discoveries was made on the historic Walter Holtkamp organ at Syracuse University and represents his varied musical interests, featuring music spanning four centuries that is rarely performed and recorded. His latest recording is Organ Works of Seth Bingham, Vol. 1, “Unto the Hills.” This critically acclaimed recording is the first of a projected 3-disc set and is the first to be devoted solely to the organ music of Bingham, who was a prominent New York composer and organist. Both recordings are available from the Raven label at www.RavenCD.com.

Marks organized the first-ever Pipe Organ Encounter (Advanced) in Lincoln, July 6-11, 2008. He has participated as a teacher in seven other Pipe Organ Encounters. He currently serves on the Committee on the New Organist for the American Guild of Organists, on the National Council of the Organ Historical Society, and as Director of the Lincoln Organ Showcase.

About the Bales Artist Series
The Bales Artist Series is currently in its sixth season. The series was made possible by a gift from Polly Bales. It consists of an annual series of recitals by outstanding organists from Europe and America who play, teach masterclasses and lecture in the superb setting of the Bales Organ Recital Hall. Past artists have included organ faculty from Yale, the Eastman School of Music, and the Universities of Indiana, Cincinnati, Washington, Oberlin College, and Arizona State. Regional artists on the series have come from Wichita State University and Pittsburg State University. International artists include organists from France, Russia, and Scandinavia.

Upcoming 2012-2013 Bales Artist Series guest performers include Carolyn Shuster Fournier, Choir Organist in La Trinité, Paris, on March 5th and Daria Burlak, winner of the Tariverdiev International Organ Competition, on April 12th. Both performances will be held in the Bales Recital Hall at the Lied Center.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. music.ku.edu.

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