June 30, 2022 All News

Organist Jonathan Gregoire to Perform at Heritage Center's Summer Organ Sampler Concerts

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque Heritage Center's Summer Organ Sampler Concerts will continue with Jonathan Gregoire, DMA, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2022, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center.

Summer Organ Sampler Concerts are 30-minute presentations that showcase the custom-crafted John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ. Open to the public, the event is free to attend. No ticket is required.

The concerts are held in cooperation with Sinsinawa Mound Center's Summer Organ Concert Series.

Preceding the recital, the Farber Box Office will open at 11 a.m. for ticket sales for the 2022-2023 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series. The series will be announced earlier in the day.

Praised for his "top-notch technique and musicianship" by the Dallas Morning News, Gregoire is an imaginative organist, pianist, and advocate for the power music has to transform lives. He brings his passion for music, intuitive gifts for healing powers of the arts, and warm charisma to his creative output.

As a soloist, his engaging performances are praised for their "unfailing drive, energy, and expression," with equal parts style and flair. Gregoire was the winner of the 2017 Southern Methodist University Concerto Competition. As a supporter of new music for the instrument, he has performed world premieres of works by Henry Martin, Douglas Pew, and Carol Barnett.

The University of Dubuque dedicated the John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ on May 15, 2021. Designed for teaching, solo recitals, and performances with other musical ensembles, the pipe organ will expand students' musical horizons and enhance campus events for generations. UD Trustee John Butler (DHL'17) and his spouse, Alice (DHL'17), gifted the pipe organ. Dobson Pipe Organ Builders of Lake City, Iowa, built and installed the pipe organ - the 97th new organ built by the firm.