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Littlefield Organ Series: Michael Unger

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Michael Unger, organ

Michael Unger of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music performs music by J.S. Bach, Reincken, Buxtehude, Schumann, and others on the UW’s famed Litttlefield Organ.


Fantasy in G Minor, BWV 542/1                                     Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

‘Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland’, BWV 659                  J. S. Bach

Fugue in G Minor                                                          Johann Adam Reincken (1623-1722)

Mit fried und freud ich fahr dahin, BuxWV 76                Dieterich Buxtehude (c1637-1707)

            Contrapunctus I

            Evolutio I

            Contrapunctus II

            Evolutio II


Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542/2                                       J. S. Bach


‘Herzlich tut mich verlangen’                                        Johann Peter Kellner (1705-1772)

‘Was Gott tut das ist wohlgetan’


Concerto del Sigr. Torelli in A minor                              arranged by Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748)





from Douze Courtes Pièces pour orgue (Twelve Short Pieces for organ), Op.43    Rachel Laurin (b.1961)





Fugue No. 2 on B.A.C.H, Op.60, No.2                             Robert Schumann (1810-1856)



Originally from Toronto, MICHAEL UNGER is a multiple award-winning performer who appears as a soloist and chamber musician in North America, Europe, Japan and South Korea. Since 2013, he is the Assistant Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is a First Prize and Audience Prize winner of the National Young Artists’ Competition of the American Guild of Organists (NYACOP), a First Prize winner of the International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo, and a Second Prize and Audience Award winner of the International Schnitger Organ Competition on the historic organs of Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

Recent solo recitals include performances for the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and Historical Keyboard Society of North America, ‘Five Continents – Five Organists’ Festival at Seoul’s Sejong Center, Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg – Musica Sacra, and numerous international and regional recital series. Recent harpsichord collaborations include Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Cincinnati, Catacoustic Consort and Publick Musick.

He received favorable international reviews for his debut solo recordings under the Naxos and Pro Organo labels, and his performances have been broadcast on North American and European radio, including syndicated programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice. He was a guest faculty at the 2015 and 2016 Smarano International Academies in Trentino, Italy. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts with Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student and teaching assistant of David Higgs and William Porter, and is also a Gold Medal graduate of the University of Western Ontario.

Formerly the Director of Music of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word in Rochester, NY, he currently serves as organist of Cincinnati’s historic Isaac M. Wise – Plum Street Temple.

Series Background: Notable visiting artists and students of Professor Carole Terry perform on the University’s famed Littlefield Organ