Guest Recital Features Pianist Lowry

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Department of Music will host a guest recital on Thursday, April 2, featuring pianist Terry Lowry. The recital begins at 8:15 p.m. in Kathy Cashen Recital Hall in the Humanities Building.  The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

The Department of Music will host a guest recital on Thursday, April 2, featuring pianist Terry Lowry. The recital begins at 8:15 p.m. in Kathy Cashen Recital Hall in the Humanities Building.  The event is free and the community is invited to attend.Selections for the performance will include “Solemn March to the Holy Grail” from Richard Wagner’s “Parcifal” transcribed by Franz Liszt, Sonata in B minor by Liszt and an original work by Lowry titled “Stations of the Cross.”

Lowry said he wrote the composition in 2007 and modeled his work by Liszt, whose “Via Crucis” exists in versions for soli, chorus and organ or piano as well as a version for piano solo, and Marcel Depré whose set of organ pieces “Le Chemin de la Croix” is in the repertoire of most concert organists.

“My setting was inspired not only by these predecessors, but also by the beautiful carvings depicting the Stations of the Cross on the walls of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah,” said Lowry. “I visited that cathedral many times while composing this piece.”

The Stations of the Cross are a series of 14 crosses, usually accompanied by images, representing events in the Passion of Christ and its immediate aftermath.  Each station, in addition to representing an event, signifies the actual station, or site of the event in Jerusalem.

The series as a whole is, in effect, a model of the Via Dolorosa, the route along which Christ was taken to Calvary.  The stations are usually placed along the walls of a church or a chapel, or outdoors along the way to a place of pilgrimage, as a wayside shrine.

For more information, call 678-839-6516.