Feb. 7, 2013
For Immediate Release
By Rebekah Southwood, student news writer
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Dr. Wesley Roberts, professor of music at Campbellsville University, will present an organ recital Thursday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. at Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville.
|Dr. Wesley Roberts|
The concert is free and open to the public.
The program will consist of J. S. Bach’s “Pièce, d’Orgue;” William Byrd’s, “Fancy;” the Kentucky première of Tom Johnson’s, “55 Chords,” and three movements, including the famous Toccata from Charles-Marie Widor’s “Symphonie No. V.”
This program is one of a series Roberts is giving including concerts at Central Synagogue in New York City, N.Y. and Trinity Episcopal Covington, Ky.
This year marks Roberts’ 31st year as professor at CU where he instructs piano, organ and musicology.
Roberts has performed concerts throughout the United States, in Europe and Asia, including premiere works by the Dutch composers Hans Osieck, Johan van Kempen and Kees Weggelaar, along with American composers Tom Johnson and Dr. James W. Moore, professor of music at CU.
He spoke at the 2002 conference of the Music Teachers National Association in Cincinnati, Ohio. His topic was “Bridging the Gap: Tools and Incentives for Pianists Turned Organists.”
Roberts is the author of numerous articles and reviews in the British, Dutch and American journals. He co-authored “The Piano in Chamber Ensemble, 2nd Edition” with Dr. Maurice Hinson published in 2006. His revision of Hinson’s encyclopedic “Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire” is at press.
The French Piano Institute in Paris, France and Shanghai Normal University both welcomed Roberts as a visiting professor at different times.
Roberts served as organist at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Ky. and First Baptist Church of Somerset, Ky. for approximately one decade each.
He was both a part of and the president of three organizations including the Kentucky Music Teachers Association where he earned the 2005 Distinguished Service Award and the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.