Chapter Announces Lineup for its 2019-2020 Season

The Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists proudly announces its stellar lineup of recitalists for its 2019-2020 concert season.

For more than 50 years this chapter has presented free concerts, making the Paul S. Hesselink Recital Series one of... if not the oldest... fine arts concert series in Las Vegas. The chapter hosts some of the world’s finest concert artists, as well as up-and-coming, rising star performers.

All performances are free to the public (no tickets required) and take place at the Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall in the Lee & Thomas Beam Music Center on the UNLV campus. For more concert information (like maps, parking and more) visit our website: getting-there

Guest artist recitals begin at 7:30 pm and last approximately 90 minutes. The Members Christmas recital will begin at 3:00 pm.

Each of the artists below has a profile page on the SNC:AGO website which includes more in-depth profiles, additional pictures, as well as performance videos. Click the link following their descriptions to navigate to these pages.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2019: Duo MusArt Barcelona

ORGAN + PIANO: The husband and wife team of Maria Teresa Sierra, a noted concert pianist who trained at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Spain’s sensational concert organist who studied in France and Germany, bring to the stage Spanish and Russian flair in blazing, edge-of-the-seat virtuosity coupled with the precision, sensitivity, and clarity of a premier chamber ensemble.

Discover more about Duo MusArt Barcelona including pictures, performance videos and more on their SNC:AGO profile page. Click Here.

OCTOBER 25, 2019: Dr. Adam Pajan

Dr. Adam Pajan is a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma’s American Organ Institute. An award winning recitalist., he has performed throughout the US and Germany and is a frequent performer on NPR’s program Pipedreams. Adam is director of music at a church in OKC, conductor of the Oklahoma Master Chorale and an organ technician. Come hear why Michael Barone of Pipedreams called him “…a rising star definitely worth watching.”

Discover more about Dr. Adam Pajan including pictures, performance videos and more on his SNC:AGO profile page. Click Here.

DECEMBER 15, 2019: Members' Holiday Recital

Join the members of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the AGO as they celebrate the holidays with their annual Advent & Christmas Recital. This special event includes classical, traditional, and familiar holiday favorites on the great organ at UNLV. The entertaining program features the organ, instrumentalists, vocalists and other surprises.


FEBRUARY 14, 2020: Svyati Duo

ORGAN + CELLO: Since forming Svyati Duo in 2009 Rebecca Hepplewhite (cello) and Julian Collings (organ) have gained international critical acclaim for concert performances and commercial CD releases (three albums on the Regent Records label). Heralded as 'exemplary' performers by Fanfare Magazine, their concert engagements have taken them to venues throughout Europe, the United States and Asia.

Discover more about the Syvati Duo including pictures, performance videos and more on their SNC:AGO profile page. Click Here

MARCH 27, 2020: Margaret Kvamme

Canadian-born organist Margaret Martin Kvamme was named first-prize winner of the 1993 Naples International Organ Festival Competition in Florida. She has performed extensively throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, in Michigan; Ohio; New York; Arizona; and Ontario, Canada. She has appeared on the "Distinguished Women at the Console" series in Akron, Ohio, was featured as solo artist with the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, and has been heard on numerous programs of the nationally syndicated radio program, Pipedreams.

Discover more about Margaret Kvamme including pictures, performance videos and more on her SNC:AGO profile page. Click Here

MAY 15, 2020: Ken Cowan

One of North America’s finest concert organists, Ken maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues and churches in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Cowan is a faculty member of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as Associate Professor and head of the organ program.

Discover more about Ken Cowan including pictures, performance videos and more on his SNC:AGO profile page. Click Here.

VENUE: Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall, Beam Music Center on the UNLV Campus

  • Concerts begin at 7:30 pm (with the exception of the Holiday Recital at 3 pm)

  • All concerts are free to the public

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