DLPhoto314Dan Locklair’s In Memory – H.H.L. for organ will receive its World Premiere performance by the composer on Sunday, June 29 – 7:00 PM at Ardmore Baptist Church, 501 Miller St. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The program is part of the Sounds of the Summer concert series.

Mr. Locklair will also perform Celebration (Variations for Organ) and Dance the Joy! (Toccata for Organ). The program will be performed on the church’s Reuter Organ, Op.2219, 2003. Other performers on the June 29 program are Norris Norwood and Regina Pozzi.

Locklair writes, “In Memory – H.H.L., for string orchestra was composed in late Summer 2005. In February 2014, this organ solo version of the piece was created. In Memory – H.H.L. bears the following dedication: In loving memory of my mother, Hester Helms Locklair  (1918-2005). The primary musical material for this short, single movement elegiac composition comes from the plagal cadence (IV-I). Since this cadence is often associated with the close of hymns on the word “amen,” it has often been referred to as “the amen cadence.” The finality of the word “amen” seemed to me a most appropriate symbol of musical remembrance for the finality of my mother’s earthly life.

Conductor Kirk Trevor has said about the orchestral version of the work, “After the first read-through of In Memory – H.H.L. I realized we had found a worthy successor to the Barber Adagio… After recording it, I was even more convinced that [the work] has a real place in the standard…literature.”

In Memory – H.H.L. for string orchestra has been recorded for Naxos by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirk Trevor (Naxos, American Classics, 8.559337 – Dan Locklair: Symphony of Seasons). The organ solo version is published and available through music dealers and the Subito Music Store – http://store.subitomusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6745&zenid=1381819234d900de3d1fe06921aade5d.

The June 29 event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/650098615039767/.

Dan Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. More information about him, including a bio, list of works and discography at http://www.locklair.com.

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