To enhance patrons’ musical knowledge and listening experiences, pre-concert talks are offered before selected Spivey Hall performances. Informative and entertaining, these pre-concert talks last approximately 45 minutes, begin one hour prior to the concert, and are free to all ticket-holders. Spivey Hall’s pre-concert talks feature three speakers of high distinction: Kurt-Alexander Zeller, Alan Morrison, and Sam Dixon.
Season 28 Pre-concert Talks
Dover Quartet & Inon Barnatan
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Kate Lindsey & Baptiste Trotignon
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Simon Keenlyside & Malcolm Martineau
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Calidore String Quartet
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Alan Morrison & Christopher Martin
Saturday, March 16. 2019
Russian Mastery: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Sarah Shafer & Richard Goode
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Schubert Piano Trios
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller
Director of Vocal Activities and Opera, Clayton State University
Tenor Kurt-Alexander Zeller is Director of Vocal Activities and Opera at Clayton State University and has performed in opera and musical theatre, oratorio, early music, and recital throughout North America and much of Europe. He holds degrees in voice performance and in theatre from Southern Methodist University and a doctorate, with major studies in voice performance, musicology, and opera directing, from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Dr. Zeller is an active writer and lecturer on music, leads pre-concert talks for Spivey Hall and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and is program annotator for the Salem (OR) Chamber Orchestra.
Organist in Residence, Spivey Hall
Alan Morrison is recognized as one of America's premier concert organists and enjoys a versatile career as organist, teacher, recording artist, adjudicator and pianist/chamber musician. His concert performances throughout North America, South America, Europe and Russia have all been received with enthusiastic praise for his quality programming, colorful use of the organ and interpretive integrity.
In 2002, Alan Morrison was appointed head of the organ department at the world renowned conservatory, The Curtis Institute of Music, where he holds the Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies. In 2006 he joined the faculty of Westminster Choir College of Rider University and has served as College Organist at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA since 1995. Most recently he was appointed Organist-in-Residence at Spivey Hall where he holds the McGheehee Family Organist Residency. A graduate of both Curtis Institute of Music (BMus in Organ and MMus in Piano Accompanying) and Juilliard School of Music (Professional Studies in Organ), his teachers were Sarah Martin, Cherry Rhodes and John Weaver (organ) and Robert Harvey, Vladimir Sokoloff and Susan Starr (piano).