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Organist Carolyn Shuster Fournier performs recital March 5th as part of Bales Recital Series

Friday, March 1, 2013
LAWRENCE, KS —KU School of Music’s Bales Recital Series welcomes Carolyn Shuster Fournier, choir organist at La Trinité in Paris, on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Bales Recital Hall located in the Lied Center of Kansas.

Her program will include works by Bach, de Grigny, Balbastre, Franck, Guilmant, Chauvet, Vierne and Alain.

Tickets are available at the Lied Center Ticket Office 785-864-2787 or online at Lied.ku.edu.

Carolyn Shuster Fournier
French-American organist and musicologist Carolyn Shuster Fournier, born in Columbia, Missouri, studied the piano and the violin before specializing in the organ at the age of thirteen under the direction of Gary Zwicky in Charleston, Illinois. After obtaining her Bachelor of Music at Wheaton College, Illinois, with honors (studying organ with Gladys Christensen) and her master’s degree from New England Conservatory, Boston (under the guidance of Yuko Hayashi), she continued her studies in Paris with Marie-Claire Alain, André Isoir and Michel Chapuis. Her doctoral thesis on Aristide Cavaillé-Coll’s secular organs received Olivier Messiaen’s personal congratulations.

Formerly organist at the American Cathedral in Paris, in 1989 she was named titular of the 1867 Aristide Cavaillé-Coll choir organ at the Trinité Church. There she founded their weekly Thursday noon-time concert series. Recognized for her clear, precise musical playing, she has performed on historic organs in prestigious festivals, inaugurated several organs and premiered numerous contemporary works.

Her recordings – notably Alexis Chauvet at the Versailles Cathedral (Socadisc), In Memoriam Marcel Dupré with the violoncellist Julius Berger (Schott), An American in Paris at La Madeleine Church in Paris, and In Memoriam Nadia Boulanger on the Cavaillé-Coll/Merklin organ at the Saint-Antoine-des-Quinze-Vingts Church in Paris (Ligia Digital, distribution Harmonia Mundi) – have been acclaimed by critics.

In 2007, Carolyn Shuster Fournier was awarded the prestigious distinction of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture and Communications.

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

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