The Organ Historical Society had one of their week long convention concerts at the Congregational UCC in Sandusky on Tuesday, July 7 at 1:00. There was standing room only in the church with well over 450 people in attendance.
Christopher Marks was the organist and he played the following program:
"Spring Greeting" (1896) - Nathan Hale Allen (1848-1925)
"Night: A Meditation" (1907) - Arthur Foote (1853-1937)
Hymn, "Now, on Land and Sea Descending" - Vesper Hymn
"Vesper Hymn" (1885) - Samuel B. Whitney (1842-1914)
"Scherzino, Op. 66, No. 3" (1910) - Horatio Parker (1863-1919)
"Allegro vivace non troppo" - Dudley Buck (1839-1909)
from Second Sonata, Op. 11 (1877)
Marks choose these pieces because they were all written for instruments of this time period. He holds degrees from the University of Richmond (BM, piano), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MM, piano and MM, organ), and the Eastman School of Music (DMA, organ), where he studied with Michael Farris. His performances have garnered him top prizes in the Arthur Poister, San Marino, Fort Wayne, and Mader competitions.
Marks taught organ and served as university organist at Syracuse University from 1999-2006. He is now assistant professor of organ at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Marks's recordings for the Raven label, is the first of a projected three-dis set to be devoted to the organ music of Seth Bingham (1882-1972), who was a prominent New York composer and organist.
View the short article as well as pictures and a video on the Sandusky Register online paper here.