Feb. 25, 2010
For Immediate Release
By Ashley Zsedenyi, staff writer
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.— Dr. James Sperry of Greensburg, Ky. will perform during the Noon Organ Recital Series at Campbellsville University, Tuesday, March 9.
The event will be in Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville, Ky., at 12:20 p.m. He will play on the university’s Farrand and Votey Pipe Organ.
The recital is free and open to the public. It will end at 12:50 p.m., in time for those attending to go back to work.
Sperry will be performing “Tiento” by Pablo Bruna, “Prelude and Fugue in C Major” by J. S. Bach, “Two Dances to Agni Yavishta” by Jehan Alain and “Toccata Festiva” by Franklin Ashdown.
Sperry has had a varied career as church musician and college instructor. He has taught organ, music history and theory at Belleville Area College in Illinois, El Paso Community College and the University of Texas at El Paso and was head of arts and humanities at Huron College in South Dakota.
During his teaching career, he has held church music positions as organist and director of music. His other performing instrument is harpsichord and has played with early music groups at the University of Texas at El Paso and in Las Cruces, N.M., and was awarded a performance grant from the South Dakota Arts Council.
Sperry holds degrees from the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Oregon and has a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.
He and his wife, Patsy, now live in Greensburg where they are restoring a Federal period house.
Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 3,006 students who represent 97 Kentucky counties, 30 states and 37 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 23rd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South, tied for fifth in “most international students” and fourth in “up-and-coming” schools in baccalaureate colleges in the South. CU has been ranked 17 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges® and to G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his 11th year as president.