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World renowned organist to perform at Illinois College


Thomas Murray, concert organist and recording artist, will perform at Illinois College as part of the Fine Arts Series on Friday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel.

Murray is the university organist and professor of music at Yale University where he has served on the faculty for 29 years. He is widely known for his interpretations of romantic repertoire and orchestral transcriptions; his many recordings are highly acclaimed. With an international reputation and many honors and awards, this will be his first time performing at Illinois College.

The New York Times stated that “Mr. Murray played this, and the whole program, with almost a conductor’s sense of tempo relationships and long-term pacing. His registrations were apt and had, without ostentation, a bold quality of definition and specificity about them.”

Born in California in 1943, Murray studied with Clarence Mader at Occidental College. He has appeared in recitals and lectures at six national conventions of the American Guild of Organists which named him International Artist of the Year for 1986. As the recipient of this award, he followed such luminaries as Marie-Claire Alain, Jean Guillou and Dame Gillian Weir. In 2003 he was named an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Organists in England, and in 2005 he was awarded the Gustave Stoeckel Award for excellence in teaching from the Yale University School of Music.

The concert is free for all students. Tickets for the concert are $15, available at the door.
In addition to the concert, Murray will run a masterclass for students on Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m., also in Rammelkamp Chapel. The masterclass is free and open to the public.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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