Buffalo organist to give Advent recital Dec. 6

Roland Martin
Roland Martin

 Internationally known organist, composer, and conductor Roland E. (Ron) Martin of Buffalo, N.Y., will play a recital of “Music for the Advent Season” on the Sarah B. Dorn Organ in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel at Bradford at noon Dec. 6. 

 The recital is free and open to the public. Selections include a variety of pieces appropriate for the season.

            Martin is a member of the music faculties of Buffalo Seminary, Canisius College, and the University at Buffalo. He also serves as organist-choirmaster and director of music at St. Joseph University Church, Buffalo, and as artistic director of the Freudig Singers of western New York. 

As organist, Martin has given recitals throughout the United States, including the Washington National Cathedral, and he has performed in Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy and England, as well as giving annual concerts in Belgium. In 1986, he performed the New York premiere and the third American performance of the complete collection of J.S. Bach’s recently discovered Neumeister Chorales.

In September 2000, Martin gave a critically acclaimed performance of Bach’s Art of the Fugue on the Fisk Organ at UB’s Slee Hall, and in October 2000, he debuted as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of the Rheinberger Organ Concerto No. 2.  

An accomplished composer, Martin has more than 100 works in publication, with a number of commissions from universities, colleges, choral societies, churches, and various other organizations and individuals. As a conductor, he has served as both guest and interim conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, and he has also conducted a number of operas in Buffalo.

            The Dorn Organ was constructed by the Schantz Organ Company in Orrville, Ohio. It consists of 17 ranks with 1,020 pipes and was custom-built for the Wick Chapel.

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