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Music Notes: Organist Has Local Roots

Organist Ken Cowan

A Princeton organist comes back to the area where he grew up.By Bill Raffel, WBFO

Buffalo, NY – A talented native son helps to close the University at Buffalo's Concert Season. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

Ken Cowan is now the Assistant Organist and Artist in Residence at Saint Bartholomew's Episcopal Church and teaches organ at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He studied at both Yale and the Curtis Institute of Music, after growing up in Thorold, Ontario and beginning his organ studies with James Bigham at Buffalo's Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Youngsters are encouraged to attend Ken Cowan's organ recital Friday (4/23) at 8 p.m. in Slee Hall on UB's North Campus. Or for a theatre organ concert, go to the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda on Wednesday (4/21) at 7:30 p.m. as Paul Roberts from England plays lighter selections on a musical instrument that lights up as it's played.

Well just as there are different styles of organs, there are also different kinds of harps, as heard in last week's Music Notes. The official harpist for the Prince of Wales, Catrin Finch, joins Magnus Martensson and the Slee Sinfonietta Tuesday (4/20) at 8 p.m. for Debussy's Sacred and Profane Dances, in Slee Hall on the UB North Campus. At the same concert, violinist Movses Pogossian will debut a new violin concerto by UB Composer Jeff Stadelman.

Then "Hip Harp" player Deborah Henson-Conant joins Marvin Hamlisch and the Buffalo Philharmonic for popular selections Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. The BPO will also give a children's concert Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in Kleinhans.

The McLean Mix blend visual and musical art in a full-evening piece Milling in the Ennium Wednesday (4/21) at 8 p.m. in the Wick Center of Daemen College. The admission is free.

A couple different programs will feature French music. Mezzo-Soprano Sophie Taillefer presents French cabaret music Friday (4/23) at 8 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge of Canisius College. And the Orchard Park Chorale will perform Faure's Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine, and Pavane, along with Poulenc's Gloria, Sunday (4/25) at 7 p.m. in Saintts Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 66 East Main Street in Hamburg.

Baritone James Eastep and Pianist Tim Kennedy give a free half-hour recital Friday (4/23) at 12:30 p.m. in Saint Paul's Cathedral downtown.