In demand as a recitalist both here and abroad, American concert organist Herndon Spillman has earned an international reputation for his interpretations of the works of the French composers.

On Friday, January 25, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Cohan Center, Cal Poly Arts presents HERNDON SPILLMAN on the Forbes Pipe Organ, performing an expansive program spanning 300 years of French glory.

“A master organist, he approached every page with a penetrating sense of phrasing. No detail of registration was too tiny to be overlooked, yet his readings were somehow free of the fussiness many performers adopt when playing in full view of their audience.” (The Washington Evening Star)

A protégé of Maurice Duruflé, Spillman is highly regarded as an interpreter of Duruflé’s music. He studied with Duruflé for two years and his doctoral dissertation, “The Organ Works of Maurice Duruflé,” is regarded as an important reference source regarding the interpretation of this literature.

The Forbes Recital will include “Postlude pour l’Office de complies” by Jehan Alain; “Choral-Improvisation sur le ‘Victimae Paschali'” by Charles Tournemire, reconstructed by Maurice Duruflé; Nicolas de Grigny’s “Pange Lingua en taille à 4;” César Franck’s “Choral en la mineur;” and Duruflé’s “Suite, Op. 5.”

Dr. Spillman is coordinator of the organ program in the School of Music at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He records on the Titanic label which recently issued two new albums: A Diversity of Riches, which features 20th century American composers, and French Suites for Organ, which includes works of Clérambault, Messiaen, and Duruflé. Titanic has also re-released his award-winning Duruflé album on compact disc, as well as his popular 300 Years of French Glory.

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $17 to $33 and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m, located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus.  The Ticket Office is also open as of noon on all performance days.

TICKETS:  805/756-4TIX (4849) or order online at


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