The School of Music presents guest artist Damin Spritzer in Concert on the Boggess Memorial Organ at 8pm Saturday, March 29, Gothic Hall, Catlett Music Center, as part of the Boggess Concert Series at The University of Oklahoma. Dr. Spritzer will perform a diverse program of music by René Louis Becker, Charles Tournemire, Herbert Howells, Louis Vierne, Petr Eben, and J.S. Bach on the Mildred Andrews Boggess memorial organ built by C.B. Fisk. The music is fully enjoyed with the beautiful resonant acoustics of Gothic Hall.
Hailed as “elegantly assured” by the Dallas Morning News, and featured as a “young talent” in interview and performances with nationally syndicated radio show Pipedreams®, Dr. Damin Spritzer has performed organ recitals from coast to coast since receiving her first scholarship for organ lessons from the American Guild of Organists as a high school student. Beginning in February of 2009, Dr. Spritzer joined the music staff of University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas as Associate Director of Music and Organist. From August 2000 until December 2008, she held the similar position at Saint Rita Catholic Church (also in Dallas).
In April of 2011, Dr. Spritzer released her first commercial recording, a world premier CD of the music of René Louis Becker (1882-1956). Recorded in Pithiviers, France at the church of Saint-Salomon-Saint-Gregoire de Pithiviers. Choir & Organ® magazine gave the disc a full five stars, writing further that “Damin Spritzer serves both instrument and music well, alert to the music’s lyrical mien and harmonic muscle, negotiating the III/49 machine with an easy command of drama and a real feeling for Becker’s melody-led, cleanly-executed music.” A review fromClassical Music Sentinel (ClassicalMusicSentinel.com) praised the recording, saying “…Damin Spritzer drives the music along with plenty of forward momentum which adds a singing quality to the melodic lines and an assured rhythmic movement to the toccatas and marches...the final glorious chord of the “Marche Triomphale” will make you glad you’re alive.”
She has had the honor of being heard on Michael Barone’s nationally-syndicated “Pipedreams®” radio broadcast on several occasions, including program no. 1214 (“Prayers and Alleluias”), program no. 0432 (“Twenty-Somethings”), the “Pipedreams: Live!” performance at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX; program no. 0713 (“Merriment at the Meyerson”); broadcast on “With Heart and Voice®” Rochester, NY (program 1309, “Psalms of Lament, Psalms of Reflection”); on RVM radio in Montreal, Quebec; and in the Netherlands on HET ORGELUUR op GROOTNIEUWSRADIO 1008 AM.
Many of Dr. Spritzer’s performances are notable for programs that champion unknown romantic works for organ as well as new compositions by living composers, and she often collaborates with other instruments such as harp and trombone. She designed and performs an educational concert about the organ that was featured as a “Best Bet for Children” in the Dallas Morning News. She serves as guest lecturer around the country.
Recent recital appearances include the 2013 American Guild of Organists Regional Convention, Austin, TX; the 2012 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., at the University of Houston 2012 Conference on “Historical Eclecticism,” Louisville, KY (Cathedral of the Assumption), Sacramento, CA (All Saints Episcopal), Fayetteville, AK (First Baptist), Buffalo, NY (St. Paul’s Cathedral), Portland, OR (Trinity Episcopal Cathedral), Atlanta, GA (Peachtree Presbyterian), and numerous appearances in Texas. Daminspritzer.com
All Boggess Concert Series performances are in OU’s Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd, in yourOU Arts District! Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students, OU faculty and staff, military and senior adults. For tickets and up-to-date information call the Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101.
Please visit http://music.ou.edu/ for a full calendar of events and performances at the School of Music. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call the Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101.
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