1992 Ruffatti at Spivey Hall.
1992 Ruffatti at Spivey Hall.

In the Spivey Spirit #1717

…celebrating the 25th anniversary season of the Ruffatti pipe organ in one of America’s pre-eminent recital venues, Spivey Hall at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA.

Hour 1

J. S. BACH: Toccata in d, BWV 565 –Alan Morrison (ACA 20127). Alan, an Atlanta native, among other responsibilities at the Curtis Institute and Westminster Choir College, is ‘organist in residence’ at Spivey Hall, where he has had a personal connection to the Ruffatti since its inauguration.

EDWARD ELGAR (trans. Lemare): Triumphal March, fr Caractacus Bryan Anderson (r. 1/23/16)

W. A. MOZART: Fantasia in f, K. 608 –Simon Preston (r. 5/19/12)

JONATHAN DOVE: The Dancing PipesThomas Trotter (r. 2/21/15)

JEAN LANGLAIS: Scherzo-Cats, fr American Suite. LANGLAIS: FeteJoyce Jones (Rosenhaus Records 013)

GUNNAR IDENSTAM: Scherzo Polska & Dance II, fr Cathedral MusicGunnar Idenstam (r. 1/23/10)

Hour 2

CRAIG PHILLIPS: 2 Hymn Settings (Toccata on Antioch; Prelude on Forest Green). DAVID CONTE: Christmas IntradaJonathan Biggers (4. 12/14/01)

ERNEST MacMILLAN: Cortege Academique. PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (arr. Demers): The Sleeping Beauty Suite. RACHEL LAURIN: Symphonic Etude for Solo Pedal, Op. 72 (Variations on That Good Old Baylor Line; premiere) –Isabelle Demers (r. 10/11/14)

CAMILLE SAINT-SAÉNS (arr. Cowan): Danse Macabre. RACHEL LAURIN: Etude heroïqueKen Cowan (4. 2/16/13)

A gift to the community from Emilie and Walter Spivey, the three-manual, 79-rank Ruffatti pipe organ, the Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ, has been in nearly continuous use since its inauguration in 1992, a bit more than a year after the hall’s dedication.

Upcoming concerts feature Hector Olivera (May 6) and a 25th Anniversary Celebration with Ken Cowan, Cherry Rhodes and Alan Morrison (May 13).

Thanks to Tommy Joe Anderson and Fred Horton of ACA Digital Recordings, Inc. of Atlanta for our audio, and to Sam Dixon, Spivey Hall manager, for his cordial and cooperative support.