Saturday, March 22, 2008

Organ Works of Adolphus C. Hailstork Are Sung By Frank Ward On CD “Amazing Grace”

[Amazing Grace: Organ Music of Adolphus C. Hailstork; Frank Ward, Jr., Bass-baritone; James Kosnik, organ; David Walker and Rob Cross, percussion; Eastern Virginia Brass Quintet; Troy 873 (2008)]

Hailstork's affinity for the organ is richly displayed on this recording.

A student of H. Owen Reed, Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, Adolphus Hailstork has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, various chamber ensembles, band and orchestra (his Symphony No. 1 can be heard on Albany TROY104 and works for chorus can be heard on TROY156). Significant performances by major orchestras (Philadelphia, Chicago and New York) have been conducted by leading names such as James dePriest, Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim and Kurt Masur. Dr. Hailstork resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is Eminent Scholar and Professor of Music at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He also has a connection to our area in upstate New York; he writes, 'I began taking organ lessons in the 1950s as a member of the boy's and men's choir of the Episcopal Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, New York. During my last two years in high school I served as the organist/choir director during the summer. Several decades later I returned to the instrument as organist/choir director at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk, Virginia. In the 1990s I also resumed organ lessons with Dr. James Kosnik (the soloist on this CD), a colleague of mine on the faculty of Old Dominion University. I have written several works for my own service use at the Unitarian Church and for concert use for advanced performers such as Dr. Kosnik.'"

Fanfare on Amazing Grace is performed by Eastern Virginia Brass Quintet; Rob Cross, timpani; and James Kosnik, organ. Everytime I Feel The Spirit, There is a Balm In Gilead, Wade in the Water, Go Down Moses, and Oh Freedom are each performed twice; once by Frank Ward, Bass-baritone; and once by James Kosnik, organ. Adolphus Cunningham Hailstork (b. 1941) is an African American composer and professor who was born in Rochester, New York. He is profiled at Frank Ward Jr. is a bass-baritone whose website is

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