William Jewell College will host Dr. Gail Archer for an organ recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 22, in Gano Memorial Chapel on the college campus in Liberty, Mo. This program is the second in a series of events this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the installation of the III/55 Quimby organ in Gano Chapel. The recital will feature works by Charles Ives, Horatio Parker, Samuel Barber, Joan Tower, and William Bolcom. The event is free and the public is invited to attend; tickets or reservations are not required.
An international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer, Archer draws attention to composer anniversaries or musical themes with her annual recital series in New York City: “An American Idyll,” Liszt, Bach, Mendelssohn and Messiaen. In spring 2013, the five-concert series is, “The Muses Voice: A Celebration of International Women Composers.”
Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008; Time-Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as “Best of 2008 ” in classical music and opera. Her recordings include Franz Liszt: A Hungarian Rhapsody; Bach, the Transcendent Genius; An American Idyll; A Mystic In the Making on Meyer-Media LLC and The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils on CALA Records, London.
She is college organist at Vassar College and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She also serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York, N.Y.