Gail Archer will perform a program featuring the works of Ukrainian composers as part of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church’s Organ Recital Series Sunday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.
Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer who draws attention to composer anniversaries or musical themes with her annual recital series.
Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008.
Archer’s recordings span the 17th to the 21st centuries. Her most recent CD, “Chernivtsi, Ukraine,” features contemporary Ukrainian composers.
She is the founder of Musforum, an international network for women organists to promote and affirm their work.
Archer is the college organist at Vassar College, the director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and Chamber Singers and is a faculty member of Harriman Institute, Columbia University.
She is also artistic director of the artist and young artist recital series at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.