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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[2000 GoArt/Örgryte New Church, Göteburg, Sweden][decorative stamp]
Dan Locklair

[1982 Fisk at Christ United Methodist Church, Greensboro, NC][decorative stamp]
1982 Fisk at Christ United Methodist Church, Greensboro, NC

[1950 Möller at 1st Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA][decorative stamp]
1950 Möller at 1st Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA

[2005 Dobson at Verizon Hall, Philadelphia, PA][decorative stamp]
2005 Dobson at Verizon Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Unlocking Locklair

…a focus on the man behind the music of prolific American composer Dan Locklair.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1339 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1339 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of September 30, 2013

Links and Resources:

Interview Audio:

Dan Locklair (b. 1949), composer–in–residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston–Salem, NC, comments about his life and works with program host Michael Barone including:

Audiohis musical roots.

Audiothe matter of organist-composers.

Audiohis successes.


Music played in the program

Hour 1

DAN LOCKLAIR: O Festive Day (premiere)Michael E. Lodico (1998 Casavant/1st United Methodist Church, Waynesville, NC) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/7/12)

LOCKLAIR: Trumpets of Light (premiere) –Lorraine Cohen, trumpet; Matthew Phelps (1957-65 Schantz/Reformed Church, Bronxville, NY) Pipedreams Archive (r. 10/23/11)

LOCKLAIR: Anthem, The Lone Wild Bird (1979)Las Cantates Women's Choir, University of Mexico/Maxine Thévenot, director. (2002 Reuter/St. John's Cathedral, Albuquerque, NM) Raven 938

LOCKLAIR: Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (2010)Eastern Festival Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz, conductor; Susan Bates (1982 Fisk/Christ United Methodist Church, Greensboro, NC) Pipedreams Archive (r. 6/29/11)

Hour 2

LOCKLAIR: Ayre for the Dance (1984); Five Inventions (1978)Barbara Harbach (1958 Aeolian–Skinner/Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY) Gasparo 277

LOCKLAIR: Sonata da Chiesa (1999)Mimi Stillman, flute; Marilyn Keiser (1950 Möller/1st Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/4/02)

LOCKLAIR: Phoenix Processional (1980). In Mystery and Wonder (2004)Marilyn Keiser (2005 Dobson/Verizon Hall, Philadelphia, PA) Pipedreams Archive (r. 11/5/11)


Marilyn Keiser has released an all-Locklair CD that includes several of the pieces she presents here as well as other works.

The 2011 American Guild of Organists Regional Convention concert in Greensboro, NC at which the Locklair Concerto was premiered also included the first performances of three other new concertos, by Robin Dinda, Pamela Decker and Rachel Laurin. The Decker and Laurin pieces already have appeared on PIPEDREAMS, and Mr. Dinda’s work will show up soon.