Faculty artist Pamela Decker presents works by American composers of our time, along with one musical “ancestor:” Paul Hindemith, a German-born composer who emigrated to the United States in 1940 and taught at Yale University. Hindemith’s colorful Sonate III – both sacred and secular in orientation – will anchor a program that juxtaposes uninhibited riffs on African-American spirituals by Calvin Taylor with pieces that arise from Biblical texts, psalms, and liturgies from Tucson composer/organist Alan Schultz (Suite No. 2 for Organ) and Dr. Decker’s own Psalm 139. A centerpiece of the program will be a powerful toccata from the pen of celebrated American composer Joan Tower.
Co-sponsored by the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Guild of Organists