Acclaimed Organist to Perform on Historic Instrument Sept. 6

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Acclaimed organist and composer Daniel Ficarri will be the featured performer as Performance Music at The University of Scranton kicks off its fall concert season Friday, Sept. 6. The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. inside the University’s Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue. Admission is free, with seating on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Ficarri is returning to the University for the second time, having made his Performance Music debut in the fall of 2017. He will be performing on the Houlihan-McLean Center’s completely restored Austin Opus 301 symphonic organ, according to Performance Music Conductor and Director Cheryl Y. Boga.

“The programs Dan brings us are always interestingly crafted, excitingly varied, and virtuosically performed,” says Boga. “I’m a fan.”

A native of Pittsburgh, Ficarri is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he is now pursuing his master’s degree under the tutelage of Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs.

Ficarri has spent the past few years making a name for himself as a soloist and ensemble performer in New York City. His performance of John Cage’s “Souvenir” for organ was lauded as one of the “Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments” by The New York Times. Meanwhile, he has appeared at the WQXR Bach Organ Marathon, and has given recitals throughout the United States, including with The Florida Orchestra and at the Oregon Bach Festival.

In addition, he has performed with orchestras at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and has given solo performances at New York’s Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

Ficarri’s composition, “Exultation,” was commissioned by Choir & Organ magazine for the dedication of the pipe organ at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. This year, he will have compositions and arrangements premiered at The Juilliard School, Queens College, Marble Collegiate Church and St. Paul the Apostle Church in Los Angeles.

Currently the organ scholar at Manhattan’s Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Ficarri spearheaded the church’s organ restoration project and founded the “Sacred Sounds at St. Paul’s” concert series, which provides performance opportunities to young artists.

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