Larry Taylor to present Kinetic Energy Organ Concert at Bridgewater College
Taylor will perform Toccata on “Tu es Petra” from Esquisses Byzantines by Henri Mulet, “Rhapsody, Op. 17, No. 1” by Herbert Howells and Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in D Major.” The program also includes Pastorale” by Jean Roger-Ducasse, “War March of the Priests, Op. 74” by Felix Mendelssohn and “Fugue sur le theme du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédral” by Maurice Duruflé.
A special feature is the screening of Buster Keaton’s silent film The Scarecrow. Taylor will accompany the film with organ music that he has arranged.
“Kinetic Energy” refers to the frenetic pace of the pieces by Mulet, Bach, Mendelssohn and Duruflé, as well as the slapstick comedy and extended chase scenes in The Scarecrow.
Taylor teaches piano, organ, music theory and history and serves as department chair. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree in organ from the University of Cincinnati (where he won the Strader Organ Competition), master of music degrees from Emory University and Notre Dame, and a bachelor of music degree from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. As a composer, Taylor has collaborated frequently with poet Tom Noe to produce anthems, cantatas, the song cycle Marie Curie and the opera Eros and Psyche. Eros and Psyche had its premiere performance at Bridgewater College in 2011. In addition to solo recitals on piano and organ, Taylor has arranged and performed accompaniments on organ for classic silent films.
The event is free and open to the public.
Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,800 undergraduate students.