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Organist William Peterson Celebrates 30 Years at Pomona With a Performance

Harry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher Professor of Music William Peterson

William Peterson, the Harry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher Professor of Music at Pomona College, celebrates his 30th year as College Organist with a concert of Bach music, on Sunday, March 28 at 3 p.m. The concert will be held at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont), and there is no cost to attend.

Peterson has offered concerts throughout the country including a number of Bach recitals, which have included complete performances of Bach's Dritter Theil der Clavierübung. In September of 2006, he played a concert of “French Organ Music from the Time of World War I,” on the Fisk organ (Fisk, Op. 116) in Finney Chapel, at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music.

As a scholar, Peterson has worked extensively on French organ music of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He is co-editor with Lawrence Archbold of French Organ Music From the Revolution to Franck and Widor (University of Rochester Press, 1995) and is author of “Lemmens, His Ecole d’orgue, and Nineteenth-Century Organ Methods” in that volume. Among his more recent articles are “Storm Fantasies for the Nineteenth-Century Organ in France,” which appeared in Keyboard Perspectives, volume II (2009); and “Organ Music in the Shadow of the Great War: A Preliminary Investigation,” published in La Flûte harmonique (2007). His research projects have been supported by a Fulbright research grant (in Belgium), by the Mellon Foundation, and by Pomona College.

In October of 2002, Peterson played the Inaugural Concert on the Hill Memorial Organ built by C.B. Fisk, of Gloucester, MA (Fisk, Op. 117) for Bridges Hall of Music at Pomona College. He was heard on “Pipedreams” (National Public Radio) in a 2006 broadcast: the program included music of Tournemire, Duruflé, and Widor recorded in concerts he presented in Bridges Hall in 2002 and 2003.

Bach Program

In celebration of the 325th anniversary of J. S. Bach’s birth:

Prelude and Fugue in E Minor (BWV 548)

Nun danket alle Gott (BWV 657) - À 2 claviers et pédale / il canto fermo nel soprano

Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten (BWV 668a) - Il canto fermo nel canto

Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (BWV 686) - A 6 / in Organo pleno con Pedale doppio

Duetto I (BWV 802)

Five Chorale Preludes from Orgelbüchlein