Todd Wilson Organ Recital

Lake Erie College’s Department of Music will present a spring organ recital by internationally renowned organist Todd Wilson, LEC’s organist-in-residence.

Wilson will perform on the restored 1927 E.M. Skinner pipe organ, Opus 647, in the Helen Rockwell Morley Memorial Music Building at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 24. Selections will include compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, David Conte and Charles-Marie Widor.

Wilson is one of the world’s finest concert organists performing today. In addition to his work at LEC, he serves as head of the Organ Department at Cleveland Institute of Music, curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall in Cleveland (home of The Cleveland Orchestra), director of music at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland and house organist for the Aeolian organ at Stan Hywet Hall in Akron.

In 2006, Lake Erie College celebrated the restoration of its E.M. Skinner pipe organ with a performance by Wilson. He performed again to celebrate the restoration’s 10th anniversary in 2016.

Mr. Wilson has been heard in concert in many major cities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, including at Symphony Hall (Birmingham, UK), Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Dallas’s Meyerson Symphony Center, Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Uihlein Hall in Milwaukee. He has also appeared with many leading symphony orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Nashville Symphony and the Slovakian Radio Symphony.

An active member of the American Guild of Organists, Mr. Wilson holds the Fellow and Choirmaster certificates and has been a featured performer at many regional and national conventions of the Guild, including national conventions in 1996 (New York City), 2008 (Minneapolis-St. Paul) and 2012 (Nashville).

Mr. Wilson often judges national and international organ-playing competitions and has many CD recordings with labels JAV Recordings and Delos Productions.

Dr. Bryan DePoy, vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer, will perform on trumpet at the Feb. 24 concert. He holds music degrees from Florida State University, the University of New Mexico and the Indiana School of Music. As a performing artist, Dr. DePoy has recorded with vocal group Five By Design, the New Mexico Brass Quintet and the Calvary Brass Choir. He has performed with groups such as the Memphis Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Arkansas Symphony and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.

Admission for the recital will cost $5 for members of the public and will be free for LEC faculty, staff and students.

For more information, contact Todd Wilson at toddrwilson1@roadrunner.com.

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