Paul Kosower

SPOONER– The High School Auditorium is set to resound again with the music of the 340-pipe Wicks organ. "October Airs: A Pipe Organ Concert with Master Organist Paul Kosower" begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, with a reception to follow. No reservations are needed.

No admission will be charged, but a free-will offering will be collected.

“The Spooner area is indeed fortunate to welcome Mr. Kosower who is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he taught cello and organ, and conducted the University Chamber Orchestra during his tenure,” the concert organizers said. “He previously taught at Indiana State University and East Carolina University.” 

He has had a long solo career on both the cello and the organ, having played throughout the United States and in Europe. His concerts have been broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, and Ohio Public Radio-Cleveland. With the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra, Kosower performed the Poulenc Organ Concerto and with the Chippewa Valley Symphony performed the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony.

As a cellist he has performed with many orchestras, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. 

Kosower will perform religious and secular music from the 16th through the 20th centuries. The audience will be treated to the wide range and gorgeous sound of the pipe organ and the joy of organ music. 

This is the third concert on the Wicks organ that now resides in the auditorium after a long life in the convent chapel of the Servants of Mary (Servite Sisters) in Ladysmith. 

All net proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Organ Fund maintained by the Spooner Education Foundation for remaining installation expenses and future needs. The Intermezzo Music Club of Washburn County in partnership with area organists is producing the concert. 

Spooner Area High School is located at 801 Cty. Hwy. A, Spooner.

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