The NIU Organ Recital Series will continue at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
Special guest artist David Schrader will perform works by Hieronymus Praetorius, Carl Nielsen, Jehan Alain and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Equally at home in front of a harpsichord, organ, piano or fortepiano, Schrader is “truly an extraordinary musician … (who) brings not only the unfailing right technical approach to each of these different instruments, but always an imaginative, fascinating musicality to all of them” (Norman Pelligrini, WFMT, Chicago).
A performer of wide ranging interests and accomplishments, Schrader has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In April of 2002, he appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Chicago Opera Theater’s highly acclaimed production of “Orfeo.”
He also has performed at the prestigious Irving Gilmore Keyboard Festival (performing separate concerts on organ, harpsichord and clavichord) and at the Ravinia Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Oulunsalo Soi Music Festival in Oulu, Finland, the Michigan Mozartfest, the Connecticut Early Music Festival, the Manitou Music Festival, and as soloist and conductor at the Woodstock Mozart Festival.
A resident of Chicago, Schrader leads an active musical life at home performing regularly with Music of the Baroque, the Newberry Consort and Bach Week in Evanston. He has appeared with Chicago Chamber Musicians, Contemporary Chamber Players, Chicago Baroque Ensemble and The City Musick. He is a frequent guest on WFMT radio in Chicago on recordings and in live broadcasts as part of WFMT’s “Live From Studio One” programming.
Schrader is on the faculty of Roosevelt University for performance and academic studies, and for 25 years has been the organist of the Church of the Ascension in Chicago.
He received a doctor of music degree in organ from Indiana University as well as the coveted performer’s certificate. He received a bachelor of music degree in piano and a bachelor of music degree in organ from the University of Colorado.