USAO News Bureau

Weber reprises European performances Saturday

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fresh from a lecture and performance tour of Eastern Europe, Dr. Stephen Weber is scheduled to present a concert of music on the pipe organ beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Midwest City.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 700 North Air Depot Boulevard in Midwest City.

Weber is a professor of music and chair of the arts and humanities division at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

The concert will reprise material he presented in Budapest, Hungary and Poland in late April.

While in Eastern Europe, Weber performed the material in four historic locations: the Fasori Evangelikus Templom and Deák Ter Evangelikus Templom in Budapest; and the Kósciól Ewanglicko-Augsburski sw. Marcina and the Kósciól Ewnagelicko-Augsburgska sw. Trójcy, in Krakow and Lublin, Poland respectively.

The second concert in Budapest held a special surprise for Weber.

“The concert I gave at Deák Ter Evangelikus Templom in Budapest was attended by 85-year old Traijtler Gábor, a somewhat legendary figure in Hungary for his contributions to organ design and performance,” Weber said. “He designed 45 organs in Europe (including the one at Deák Ter, on which I played), performed in seven countries in Europe and made significant contributions to Hungarian church music.

“Through an interpreter, after the concert, he told me that ‘the organ sounded delightful’ and that the organ registrations I used were exquisite. I couldn’t have been more humbled by his praise.”

Weber’s concerts featured a wide range of material including historical church music, works by several American composers and original compositions.

While in Hungary, Weber presented a 90-minute lecture on the current state of liturgical composition for the organ in the United States at the Evangélikus Hittudományi Egyetem, a theological university in Budapest.

Weber said he will continue to cherish his experiences from the tour for many years to come.

“This was a tremendous opportunity to perform on some historic organs at historic buildings in Eastern Europe,” Weber said. “The people were tremendously gracious, accommodating and appreciative. I was presented with a CD of recordings made on the organ at Deák Ter in Budapest, and flowers and a reception at the church in Lublin.”

Weber has been a member of USAO’s faculty since 1995. He teaches piano and piano-related courses and music technology for the music department. He is also the Mary Jo Ragan endowed professor of interdisciplinary studies at USAO and teaches Senior Seminar and World Thought III.

A graduate of Texas Tech University with a Ph.D. in fine arts, Weber has published more than 80 compositions and recorded for two compact discs on the Opus One label.

Weber was selected as the 2003 Oklahoma Musician of the Year by the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs. He has lectured at conferences and performed in venues in the United States and Europe.

In 1997, Weber received the Board of Regents Award for Superior Teaching at USAO. In 1998, 2003 and 2011, he received the Board of Regents Award for Scholarly Activity.

More information about the concert at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church can be obtained by calling 574-1295.