Dr. Ann Marie Rigler, professor of music and college organist at William Jewell College, will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 30, at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th & Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. The concert is open to the public; tickets or reservations are not required.
The recital features selected solo organ music of Jehan Alain (1911-1940), performed in honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. A virtuosic organist and pianist as well as composer, Alain entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 16 to study with Dupré, Caussade, Roger-Ducasse and Dukas. From 1935 until late 1939, when he joined the Eighth Armored Motor Division of the French military, he worked in Paris as organist for the church of Saint-Nicolas de Maisons-Lafitte and the synagogue at the Rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth. His distinctive style reveals a wide variety of influences ranging from Gregorian chant and Jewish liturgical music to jazz, early French secular song and Baroque-era dance, the music of Debussy, and the melodies and rhythms of Hindu, Arabian and North African music. Alain’s mastery of tone color and his exceptional ability to create “atmospheres” of sound and emotion have earned his music the respect and affection of audiences since the 1950s, when his organ works were first performed regularly by his sister, Marie-Claire Alain.
William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.