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Birmingham-Southern organ professor to present farewell faculty recital
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College retiring professor of music and organist James Cook will present a final faculty performance April 19 in the BSC Hill Recital Hall at 2:30 p.m. The recital is open to the public. Admission is free.
The program, which is a retrospective look at his experiences playing recitals at BSC since he began teaching at the college in 1974, is somewhat unusual for a faculty recital, says Cook.
“The program will actually begin with Jehan Alain's “Litanies,” which was the last piece I played at a recital I gave my freshman year at BSC back in 1965,” says Cook.
Performance pieces will feature some old favorites, light-hearted pieces, and a work from the first recital played on the Coleman Cooper organ in the BSC Hill Recital Hall. The closing piece is Maurice Duruflé's “Prelude and Fugue on the Name of Alain,” which Cook has never played before.
Cook, an award-winning organist and teacher, holds a bachelor of music in performance from BSC and both a master of music in performance and a Ph.D. in musicology from The University of Texas. He is a member of the Organ Historical Society and has combined his interests in an on-going study of historic Pipe organs in the U.S., particularly those in the Southeast.
In addition to teaching at Birmingham-Southern, Cook was the organist at Birmingham's First United Methodist Church from 1974-85, and has been director of the church's Chancel Choir since 1985.