Superb Performance Presented by Dr. Jens Korndörfer

On Friday, April 8 at 7:30 P.M. in Doc Rando Recital Hall in the Beam Music Center at UNLV, about 140 listeners mak- ing an attentive audience heard Dr. Jens Korndörfer present a varied and somewhat unusual organ recital. His program fea- tured works by Charles Tounemire, J. S. Bach, Georg Muffat, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Strauss, Jr. and Max Reger. Dr. Korndörfer, a triple prize winner in the prestigious Canadian International Organ Competition, played with accuracy, great security, musicality and verve, making for a most satisfying presentation. Unusual for the number of transcriptions presented on the program, the pro- gram resulted in colorful exploitation of the resources of the Maurine Jackson Smith von Beckerath Organ in Doc Rando Hall. The effective centerpiece of the transcriptions was Dr. Korndörfer’s own stunning transcription of the Andante con moto movement of the Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Op. 67. This necessitated many registrational changes reported to require in excess of 80 pistons! The numerous and complex changes were admirably accomplished with the assistance of AGO member Kathi Colman as page turner and assistant. The exciting encore presented was Louis Vierne’s popular Carillon de Westminster. Anyone who missed this performance missed one of the outstanding recitals of the season.

Bruce BehnkeThe Desert Wind