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Campbell Organ Festival Presents Richard Elliott at USU

Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014

graphic illustration for USU Campbell Organ Festival and concert

Richard Elliott, the principal organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, presents a workshop, master class and a concert at Utah State University March 18 and 19 as part of the Campbell Organ Festival.

Utah State University Caine College of the Arts welcomes Mormon Tabernacle Choir Principal Organist Richard Elliott in concert March 19 at the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center. Concert time is 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the concert, Elliott also presents a workshop and master class in the Kent Concert Hall March 18 that are free and open to the public. The workshop begins at 2:30 p.m. and will explore ways that church organists can improvise creatively and utilize new techniques to improve their service playing. The master class, “Making Music at the Organ,” begins at 6:30 p.m., and Elliott will offer suggestions to enhance music and performance.

Elliott performs, tours and records with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He also plays for the weekly “Music and the Spoken Word” broadcasts and joins with his fellow organists in presenting daily organ recitals in the Tabernacle. He has also recorded on the Tabernacle organ for several record labels.

The organ at USU’s Kent Concert Hall has undergone an extensive renovation made possible largely thanks to a donation by Paul and Paulette Campbell, owners of Campbell Scientific based in Logan.

“This concert gives USU an opportunity to show the residents of Cache Valley the gem that has been gathering dust in the Kent Concert Hall,” said Lynn Thomas, director of organ studies at USU. “The organ is restored to its former glory after 40 years and has been updated with today’s technology.”

Elliott will be playing Handel’s The Rejoicing, Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major and Ulrich Sebastian Uwe’s Zeigt mir den Schotten, which Elliott discovered.

Elliott became a principal organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1991. He has studied and practiced music for more than four decades and has traveled to USU regularly for more than 22 years to teach organ master classes and to perform. Elliott is known for his background in jazz and popular music, often performing improvised pieces.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information contact the CCA Box Office at 435-797-8022 or see the college’s Production Services website.

Related links:

USU Music Department

USU Caine College of the Arts

Writer: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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