(Norman, Okla) February 14, 2011— The University of Oklahoma School of Music American Organ Institute presents the Boggess Artist Concert Series with a concert by organist Simon Gledhill at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, on the recently installed Möller Municipal Organ in Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. The program will include a wide range of music from musicals and the popular genres of the 20th Century.


Gledhill, one of Britain’s most renowned performers of popular organ music, has toured extensively in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and has been widely heard on BBC Radio.  He has made numerous appearances at the national conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society and was named the Organist of the Year by that organization in 1997.  In the United Kingdom, Gledhill is a cornerstone of the Cinema Organ Society and is often featured in concerts and recordings.


The Boggess Artist Concert Series is dedicated to Mildred Andrews Boggess, a professor of organ at the University of Oklahoma from 1938 to 1976, who taught a generation of organists the highest standards of their art.


The OU School of Music is now home to the 1931 M. P. Möller Op. 5819 pipe organ, formerly located in the Philadelphia Municipal Auditorium. This organ is the only one ever built with separate four-manual concert and theatre consoles, plus a roll player. This 50-ton instrument has more than 6,000 pipes, a full percussionsection, sound effects and even a piano. A portion of the complete instrument was installed in 2009 in Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall.  Providing a sampling of the beauty and power of the entire instrument, this partial installation has become a centerpiece for concerts, recitals and musical collaborations.


For a list of upcoming organ concerts and events of interest, please visit American Organ Institute website, http://aoi.ou.edu/.


All Boggess Series performances are in OU’s Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd, in your OU Arts District!  Tickets for Boggess Series events are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty, staff and senior adults. For tickets and up-to-date information call the Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101.


Please visit http://music.ou.edu/ for a full calendar of events and performances at the School of Music. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101.




Holly Jones
Public Relations Coordinator
Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
University of Oklahoma
(405) 325-6673