Centennial Organ Series Concert to Feature Ryan Enright

trumpetCSU, Chico’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present the return of the Centennial Organ Recital Series on Friday, September 6th at 7:30 p.m. on the stage of Harlen Adams Theatre. Ryan Enright, organist at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento, will be the first performer on this annual recital series.

Enright will perform a concert entitled Flavors of Europe, featuring music of Bach, Dupré, and Correa. Also included on this mostly European program will be two works from North America, one from a Canadian composer and another from American composer from San Francisco.

The Centennial Organ Recital Series is coordinated by Dr. David Scholz, Director of Vocal and Choral Activities at CSU, Chico.

“The Centennial Organ is one of the most unique instruments in the United States,” said Dr. Scholz. “While the organ can always be heard on the annual Glorious Sounds of the Season concerts, as well as at the Chico Bach Festival, I’m so happy that the department has chosen to rejuvenate the organ recital series as well — this will give the public yet another opportunity to hear this magnificent instrument.”

Enright holds degrees in organ performance from McGill University as well as a Doctorate of Music Arts from the Eastman School of Music. A native of Quebec, Enright has taken first prizes at the Canadian Music Competition (1997), the Quebec Organ Competition (2004), and the National Organ Playing Competition of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (2007).

“This wonderful instrument is a real feather in the cap of Chico State,” said Enright. “We in the organ community of the United States are grateful to the vision of (retired Department of Music and Theatre faculty member) Dr. David Rothe in spearheading the creation of the Centennial Organ, and I’m so pleased to be able to play in Chico on this artistic gem!”

“The proceeds from this recital will go into a fund designated toward the tuning and upkeep of the Centennial Organ,” said Scholz. “I think it’s important that we make sure that the organ can be enjoyed for years to come.”

Advance tickets, at $15 adults, $13 seniors, and $6 students/children, are available in advance at the University Box Office, 898-6333, and online at www.chicostatetickets.com. Tickets purchased at the door are $2 more. For special needs seating, please call 898-6333.

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Photo by Sean Chen