Verbal Blend, the premier spoken-word poetry program coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will host its fifth annual Spoken Word Poetry Institute featuring six alumni poets and presentation of the Poetic Icon Award. This year’s institute is Friday, Oct….
Kola Owolabi to Present Harpsichord Recital Nov. 5
Kola Owolabi, Syracuse University organist and associate professor of music in the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), will present a harpsichord recital on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. in the Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College. The recital is free and open to the public.
The program will include works by Frescobaldi, Scarlatti, Albinoni, Lebègue, Couperin and Bach. Setnor faculty member Janet Brown, soprano, and Anouk Lenormand, cello, will also appear.
Parking is available in the Irving Garage on a space-available basis. Parking will also be available in the Waverly, Lehman and Harrison lots. Campus parking availability is subject to change; call 315-443-2191 for current information or for more information about the recital.
Owolabi teaches courses in organ, improvisation, continuo playing and Baroque chamber music; plays for weekly chapel services and special events; and coordinates the Esther Drake and John Vincent Malmgren Concert Series at Hendricks Chapel. He is also the dean of the Syracuse chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
A native of Toronto, Owolabi holds a bachelor of music degree from McGill University in Montreal, a master of music degree from Yale University and a doctor of musical arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. In 2002, he was awarded second prize and the audience prize at the American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.
Owolabi is a published composer and has received commissions from the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. His solo organ composition “Dance” was selected for this year’s Royal Canadian College of Organists National Competition, where all of the finalists performed the composition.
As a solo recitalist, he has performed across Canada, the United States, Mexico and Jamaica, appearing at such venues as St. Thomas Church in New York City; Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Massachusetts; Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.; and the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He will be a featured performer at the American Guild of Organists’ national convention in Boston in June 2014. He also performs regularly as organist and harpsichordist with the Miami-based, Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire and Firebird Chamber Orchestra.