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LEC PRESENTS... TODD WILSON 2019 ORGAN CONCERT

FEBRUARY 23, 2019 BEGINS AT 3:00PM

HELEN ROCKWELL MORLEY MEMORIAL MUSIC BUILDING: PAUL S. WEAVER AUDITORIUM

Regarded across America and around the world as one of today’s ­best concert organists, Todd Wilson, organist in residence, is at Lake Erie College and is head of the organ department at The Cleveland Institute of Music. He also serves as Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland and is curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ in Severence Hall (home of the Cleveland Orchestra).

Mr. Wilson has been heard in concert in many major cities throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, including concerts at Symphony Hall (Birmingham, UK), Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Dallas’s Meyerson Symphony Center, Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and Uihlein Hall in Milwaukee. He has also appeared with many leading symphony orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Nashville Symphony, and the Slovakian Radio Symphony.

MORE ABOUT TODD WILSON

An active member of the American Guild of Organists, Mr. Wilson holds the Fellow and Choirmaster certifcates, and has been a featured performer at many regional and national conventions of the Guild, including the national conventions in 1996 (New York City), 2008 (Minneapolis-St. Paul), 2012 (Nashville), and 2018 (Kansas City).

Mr. Wilson is often asked to judge national and international organ playing competitions, and has many CD recordings on the JAV and Delos recording labels. An active interest in improvisation has led to his popular improvised accompaniments to classic silent films.

HELEN ROCKWELL MORLEY MEMORIAL MUSIC BUILDING

The colorful history of Morley Music Building is only hinted at by its classic Greek design and Bedford limestone construction. From the names of the composers carved on the stones of its exterior walls to the many famous musicians who have played on its stage, Morley is surrounded in a rich history that parallels the sense of tradition at Lake Erie College. In April of 1978, this tradition served all the people of Ohio when the Ohio Supreme Court held its sessions in the Morley Music Building.

Today, the Music Building serves our music students with its practice rooms and music library. However, the grandeur of Morley's more than 800 person seating capacity, Philippine Mahogany interior and piano elevators normally serves Lake Erie College during convocations, artistic performances, lecture series and other special occasions. Extensive renovation of the Morley Music Building was completed in 1991 and again in 2006. 

Considered, acoustically, as one of the best small concert halls in the world, it houses a magnificent 64-rank, six-division, E.M. Skinner organ, built in 1927 and a 1925 Steinway concert grand piano.