Organist returns to perform in BCMS series

Courtesy photo: Gregory Hand

BROOKINGS – The Brookings Chamber Music Society, in conjunction with South Dakota State University’s School of Performing Arts and the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center, will host organist Gregory Hand in a 2:30 p.m. concert Jan. 23. 

Hand performed the first solo recital on SDSU’s Reuter/Salmen organ after the March 2019 opening of Founders Recital Hall.

A professor of organ at the University of Iowa, Hand holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He previously was the university chapel organist at Northwestern University in Chicago.

The program includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Dupre, Karg-Elert and Reger. On several works, Hand will be joined by violinist Scott Conklin, who is a professor of violin at the University of Iowa and was educated at the Cleveland Institute and the University of Michigan.

Charlotte Smidt, president of the Chamber Music Society Board, said the organization hopes to present an organist on its series each year. 

“We are so very grateful to have Dr. Hand back again to perform. I encourage those in the community who have not experienced music created on this tremendous instrument to take advantage of the opportunity,” Smidt said.

Seating for the performance is limited. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased through the School of Performing Arts by calling 605-688-5187.

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