Texas Performing Arts Welcomes Organist Cameron Carpenter to Austin, 11/2


Texas Performing Arts presents "the most controversial organist alive" (Dallas Morning News). Cameron Carpenter's flamboyant style, dazzling performances, and profound musical intelligence have completely changed the game of his instrument.

Carpenter challenges the ways in which the organist is promoted and the organ is played. His repertoire includes the complete organ works of Bach, Franck, and Liszt, but he has adapted more than 200 works not for the organ: from the piano music of Liszt and Rachmaninoff to Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Mahler's Fifth Symphony, to music from animé and film (Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and scores by John Williams and Bernard Herrmann), and re-imaginings of songs by Kate Bush, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Annie Lennox. Bringing increased physicality to the organ as a former dancer, his super virtuosic organ transcriptions of Chopin Études have led to comparisons as diverse as Vladimir Horowitz and Fred Astaire. Cameron's theatrical style and love of fashion includes concert attire of his own design.

During his time at Julliard, Carpenter studied with the late Gerre Hancock, an acclaimed concert organist and beloved faculty member in the Butler School of Music.

For more information, visit texasperformingarts.org/season/cameron-carpenter-organ-austin.

The concert will take place on Friday, November 2, 2012, 8:00 pm –Texas Performing Arts presents Cameron Carpenter at Bates Recital Hall (2420 Robert Dedman Dr).

Tickets ($42 / Limited $10 student tickets / discounted tickets available for UT faculty & staff, seniors and Military) are on sale now at authorized ticket outlets, which include the Bass Concert Hall Box Office, most H-E-B stores and all Texas Box Office outlets, online at TexasPerformingArts.org, or by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO.