Organist Dr. Christopher Marks and violist Clark Potter, both from University of Nebraska – Lincoln, present “Leap of Faith: Music You’ve Never Heard,” a program of little-known works for organ and viola by composers Oskar Wermann (1840 – 1906), Daniel Pinkham (1923 – 2006), Carl Türcke (1866-1945), and Marco Anzoletti (1866 – 1929).
About Christopher Marks
Christopher Marks is consistently praised by reviewers for “style and assurance” and “musicality [that] seems to flow effortlessly”. With his series of recordings of music by Seth Bingham and his many performances on historic American instruments, he has gained a reputation as an expert in American organ music old and new.
“Marks played wonderfully … humorously” – The American Organist
“Marks … played … with great élan. … Marks is a rapidly rising young star … who performed with great style and assurance.” – The Diapason
“A sparkling performance” – The American Organist
“[Marks’] recital … may have been the most successful of the [2007 Region II AGO] convention” – The American Organist
“Throughout this disc of really interesting and frequently quite difficult music, Marks changes tonal color with panache and alacrity. His musicality seems to flow effortlessly.” The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, reviewing Organ Music of Seth Bingham, Vol. 2
Christopher Marks Online
- Listen to Christopher Marks play “Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott” by Franz Tunder on YouTube
- Watch Christopher Marks play “Variations on an American Air” by Isaac van Vlechten Flagler on YouTube
About Clark Potter
A native of Longview, Washington, Clark Potter is Professor of Viola at the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he also serves on the conducting faculty and directs NEBratsche, the viola ensemble at UNL. Mr. Potter is principal viola of the Lincoln Symphony and violist of two professional chamber music ensembles. As the conductor of the Lincoln Youth Symphony since 2007, Potter has directed concerts in Rome, Prague, Leipzig, Budapest, Vienna, Dublin and Belfast. He has conducted All-State Middle School Orchestras in Iowa, Oregon and Alabama, and he is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician at schools in Nebraska and around the region. In 2008, he was honored as the String Educator of the Year in Nebraska by the American String Teachers Association.
Mr. Potter’s research interests include the study of breathing habits of upper string players, having worked for several years with faculty and students of UNL’s Biological Systems Engineering department to develop an instrument which measures breathing rates while playing the violin or viola. He is also finishing his own edition of the Bach cello suites for viola and is investigating the concert works of Ernest Gold.
Prior to his appointment at Nebraska, Mr. Potter taught nine years at Eastern Oregon University, where he was professor of strings and conductor of the Grande Ronde Symphony. He received his graduate degrees from Indiana University and California Institute of the Arts and his bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University. His teachers include James Dunham, Charmian Gadd, Richard Goldner, Peter Marsh and Mimi Zweig.
Clark would rather be at home than anywhere else in the world, enjoying time with his family (wife, Jan, and two children and their spouses). He loves running and racing on roads and trails.