February 10, 2023 All News

Organist Daryl Robinson to Perform at John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ Recital Series

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Organist Daryl Robinson will perform at the second annual John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ Recital Series at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2023, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center on the University of Dubuque campus. The recital is a part of the 10th annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series.

WHAT: Daryl Robinson, Organist
WHEN: 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2023
WHERE: John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

- Public: $15
- UD Alumni, Parents of Current UD Students, Military/Veterans, Groups of 10 or More: $10
- UD Faculty, Staff, and Students: First ticket free. Additional tickets $10
Ticket prices increase by $5 at midnight the day of the event.

Robinson has earned international acclaim from critics and audiences alike, being described by Choir and Organ as an artist with "a driving muscular poetry underpinned by nimble technique and nuanced sense of style ..." Winner of both First Prize and Audience Prize in the 2012 American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Performance, Robinson currently serves as assistant professor of organ at the University of Houston and Cathedral Organist for Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal).

Notable recital venues include the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Robinson has also been a featured artist at conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the American Guild of Organists. Multiple critically-acclaimed commercial discs are available including the first commercial recording of the organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall, American Fantasia, and his debut solo album Sempre Organo, both of which have garnered rave reviews internationally.

A passionate educator committed to training young organists for careers as soloists and effective collaborative musicians, Robinson's students hold many prestigious church positions and routinely concertize across the US. The University of Houston's Faculty Senate honored his research and teaching by featuring him on the Assistant Professor of Excellence Lecture Series in the 2021-22 academic year.

In 2019, Robinson served as director of the American Guild of Organists' Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced, a summer program focused on young organists entering grades 9 through 12 and currently serves on the AGO National Committee on the New Organist.

The day before his performance, on Saturday, March 18, 2023, Robinson will host a masterclass from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Butler Hall. Those interested in playing should contact Charles Barland, DMA, university organist and professor of music at UD, at CBarland@dbq.edu or 563.589.3564. The masterclass is free and open to the public to attend.

The University of Dubuque dedicated the John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ in May 2021. The custom-crafted instrument with over 3,000 pipes was designed for teaching, solo recitals, and performances with other musical ensembles. UD Trustee John Butler (DHL'17) and his spouse, Alice (DHL'17), gifted the pipe organ. Dobson Pipe Organ Builders from Lake City, Iowa, built and installed the pipe organ - the 97th new organ built by the firm.

Tickets for Daryl Robinson, Organist can be purchased from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to events at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by calling 563.585.SHOW; or by visiting www.dbq.edu/HeritageCenter.

New this season, H-PALS allows people to earn a point for every dollar spent. When patrons reach 200 points, they receive one free ticket (valued up to $50) for an eligible event of their choice.

Conlon Construction is the presenting sponsor of the 2022-2023 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series.