PERRYSBURG — Internationally acclaimed organist and recording artist Gail Archer will perform Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 N. Indiana Ave.
The concert is free. For mo re information, visit ZoarLutheran.com or call 419-874-4336.
Archer’s ninth album, “Chernivtsi: Contemporary Ukrainian Organ Music,” was recently released. Known for enthralling listeners with her musicality, sensitivity and visceral quality, Archer introduces listeners to rarely performed works by six 19th-21st century Ukrainian composers.
The organ literature of Eastern Europe is little known in the West, both in Western Europe and the United States. Archer is dedicated to drawing attention to Ukrainian modern composers through ongoing research and performances.
“The richness and variety of the Ukrainian organ literature deserves international attention, as the beauty and vital creative spirit in this music inspires and rewards the performer as well as the listener,” Archer said. “It is my sincere hope that many people will take the journey to Chernivtsi, and come away refreshed, renewed and ever more curious about the musical arts in Eastern Europe today.”
Archer has had a long-time interest in the organ culture of Ukraine. Since 2011, Archer has performed each year in Eastern Europe resulting in her election as a faculty member at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. The new CD was recorded in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, on a Riegger-Kloss organ in the city’s Armenian Catholic Church.
Archer’s recordings span the 17th-21st centuries, a discography that highlights her musical mastery on grand Romantic instruments as well as Baroque tracker organs. This latest album is the second in a trilogy of recordings of contemporary organ literature from Eastern Europe.