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November 07, 2008
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International organist performs at Susquehanna

Music to my ears
Courtesy of The Crusader/Lyndsey Cox
MUSIC TO MY EARS - Famous organist and Susquehanna parent Jan Michalko performed in Weber Chapel Auditorium last night at 8 p.m.
Dr. Jan Vladimir Michalko, professor of organ at the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava, Slovakia, performed at Susquehanna last night, Nov. 6 in the Weber Chapel Auditorium at 8 p.m.

According to a biography of Michalko, he is a leading performer of the arts and an organizer of music.

Michalko performed many pieces by world-renowned composers at his concert.
Pieces included Bach's Fantasia super, Hesse's Einleitung and Thema und Variationen A dur op. 47.

Michalko has achieved honors and distinctions throughout his career.

In 1989, Michalko was awarded the annual Society of Slovak Composers award.
He later received the Prize of Friz Kafenda in 1990.

Michalko has also recorded several CDs, which include an organ work of Cesar Franck and Jan Levoslav Bella. Michalko has completed several recordings for foreign radios and TV stations.

Michalko has also preformed recitals worldwide.

In the U.S., Michalko has performed specifically in Pennsylvania.

Cities in which he has performed include Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Allentown and Wilkes-Barre.

Michalko began his career studying the organ at the Conservatory in Bratislava from 1970-75 and has been a professor at the Academy of Music and Drama since 1983.
He served as Dean of Music and Dance for seven years, beginning in 2000.

Marcos Krieger, an assistant professor of music at Susquehanna, explained the significance of having a world renowned performer visit our campus and community.
Krieger said, "It is a real treat for Susquehanna and Selinsgrove to have the chance to hear an organist of Michalko's caliber. He is one of the leading music authorities in central Europe."

"His knowledge of different musical styles is very detailed and his technique is impeccable," he said.

"It is indeed a fortuitous occasion to have Professor Michalko's son, [sophomore] Jan Michalko, attending Susquehanna, which facilitated this international visit," Krieger said.

He added that 2008 was declared the international year of the organ.

As mentioned above, Professor Michalko's son Jan Michalko is a sophomore at Susquehanna.

Jan said he credits his father with motivating him to have the same passion and dedication to his own life as his father exemplifies in his own.

Jan, his son, is a Susquehanna Presidential Fellow and the vice-president of SU International.

"Even though I am not seeking a career in the performing arts like my father, my dad's love for the arts, the passion with which he performs, the desire to help those he teaches and the dedication to his family, friends and students have always inspired me," Michalko's son said.

The concert program began with Johannes Bach, and move through composers such as Adolf Friedrich Hesse, Giovanni Morandi, Jan Levoslav Bella, Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, Fernando de La Tombelle, Theodore Dubois and will end with Ludovit Rajter.

Michalko also performed pieces by native contemporary Slovakian composers, such as Jan Levoslav Bella and Ludovit Rajter.

The concert is free and open to the public.


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