Glasgow organist performs in Iowa City for UNESCO connection

Glasgow-based concert organist Kevin Bowyer gave the inaugural organ performance today on the new pipe organ in the University of Iowa’s Voxman School of Music building.

Bowyer didn’t play just any piece, but rather the eight-hour “Second Symphony for Organ” by Kaikhosru Sorabji. The piece began at noon today, and will conclude this evening. About 300 people were on hand to hear the beginning of the piece.

The occasion was the culmination of a fruitful partnership between institutions in the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, and the Glasgow UNESCO City of Music. Bowyer is the organist to the University of Glasgow, a position he has held since 2005.

City of Literature Executive Director John Kenyon noted the occasion with brief remarks before Bowyer’s performance, and presented the organist with a special bookmark noting Iowa City’s designation.

Both cities joined the Creative Cities Network in 2008, and each as the third city to hold its respective designation. Iowa City is now one of 20 Cities of Literature in the world, while Glasgow is one of 19 with the City of Music designation.

 

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