Emory & Henry College will present organist Susan Bates, in concert on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Emory & Henry Arts Series 2011-2012.
The recital will be a tapestry of celebratory music, particularly reflecting Easter joy, and will be played on the Randall Dyer Organ, Op. 69, in Memorial Chapel on the campus of the College.
Solo organ selections for the program will include compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Variations on All Things Bright and Beautiful” by James M. Bates, and Dan Locklair’s “In Mystery and Wonder.”
In addition, Bates will collaborate with Robert Wells, baritone and member of the voice faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Emory & Henry Concert Choir, conducted by Robert Matthews, director of choral and vocal studies at Emory & Henry. They will present Ralph Vaughn-Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs.”
Bates earned a bachelor of music degree at Salem College. Additionally, she holds the master’s degrees in music and musical arts from Yale University, where she served as assistant university organist and Instructor of undergraduate organ. She formerly served on the faculty of Salem College.
Her concert venues for organ and harpsichord recitals have included New York City (St. Thomas Church), Washington, DC (St. John’s Episcopal Church)and many locations in the Southeastern United States. She has been organist for several Moravian music festivals and has been featured as a soloist for regional American Guild of Organist conventions, most recently having had the honor of premiering Dan Locklair’s Organ Concerto with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Gerard Schwarz.
Bastes participated in mass at the Vatican in Rome. She also has premiered organ works by Langlais, Sandresky and Kroeger during her career.
As a collaborative musician, Bates has performed with the Piedmont Chamber Singers and the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony. As an avid harpsichordist she currently plays with Greensboro Early Music.
The concert is being jointly funded by the East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia chapter of the American Guild of Organists. AGO chapter members are admitted free of charge, as are Emory & Henry College students, faculty and staff. Advanced reservation is $10 for others and $8 for individuals over 55 years of age and students from other colleges. Admission at the door is $12. Call 276.944.6846 for reservations and questions.