On Saturday, February 24th at 3pm in Anabel Taylor chapel, guest Michael Unger will perform a program that includes J. S. Bach’s monumental Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, music by Bach’s predecessors and models Dieterich Buxtehude, Johann Adam Reincken, and Heinrich Scheidemann, by his student Johann Peter Kellner, and, finally, by his disciple Robert Schumann. Brilliantly designed, the program will demonstrate the colors and sounds of Cornell’s North German baroque-style instrument at their most beautiful and exciting.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Michael Unger is a multiple award-winning performer who appears as a soloist and chamber musician in North America, Europe, Japan and South Korea. Since 2013, he is the Assistant Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is a First Prize and Audience Prize winner of the National Young Artists’ Competition of the American Guild of Organists (NYACOP), a First Prize winner of the International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo, and a Second Prize and Audience Award winner of the International Schnitger Organ Competition on the historic organs of Alkmaar, the Netherlands.
He received favorable international reviews for his debut solo recordings under the Naxos and Pro Organo labels, and his performances have been broadcast on North American and European radio, including syndicated programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice. He was a guest faculty at the 2015 and 2016 Smarano International Academies in Trentino, Italy. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts with Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student and teaching assistant of David Higgs and William Porter, and is also a Gold Medal graduate of the University of Western Ontario. Formerly the Director of Music of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word in Rochester, NY, he currently serves as organist of Cincinnati’s historic Isaac M. Wise (Plum Street) Temple.
The concert is free and open to the public.