with special guests Jenny Bower, organ & Mark Howe, organ

Date and Time: Friday, November 13, 7:30pm (ET)
Venue: Live streamed from the UVM Recital Hall*
Tickets: $20




“This is a tale of scientific hubris told from a distinctly humanist perspective. ” --- Seven Days


Author Stephen Kiernan’s new novel, Universe of Two, is based in part on the extraordinary career of Charles B. Fisk, who, as a young man, worked for the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, NM. After World War II, he took a job repairing church organs and then went on to become one of the greatest cathedral organ builders of all time. Fisk built 83 instruments before his death, and his company continues to build them today. Fisk created Opus 68 in 1976 and installed it in the newly-built UVM Recital Hall. For the organ lovers out there, it is interesting to note that “our” organ is the first Fisk instrument to have a full-length 16’ Principal on a manual division, and it also has the first pipes made in the Fisk Shop, including the façade pipes (for more information, see cbfisk.com/opus/opus-68). This unique livestreamed event will feature Kiernan discussing his book, his research, and various details about the Fisk Organ. This will be followed by a powerhouse recital on the instrument itself by UVM Professor of organ, voice, and choir, David Neiweem, in addition to special guests Jenny Bower and Mark Howe. How incredible that this book has been written just in time for the renovation and addition to our hall!

Click here to visit Stephen's website.

Pre-Concert Talk with Stephen and Natalie


Performer Biographies

David Neiweem is one of New England's most sought-after musicians. He has taught at the University of Vermont since 1982, and has served as professor as well as chair of the department. He is director of the choirs, and teaches in the vocal studies and conducting/Music Education areas. He is the University Organist and Carillonneur. Neiweem is also music director of the Pitten (Austria) International Music Festival, and the First Congregational Church of Burlington.

Neiweem was born in Chicago, and was educated both there and in his mother's native Europe where he trained both as a singer and keyboard player, he has maintained an active schedule in both areas throughout his career. He made his professional debut as a baritone in 1973 in the famed Stuttgart Liederhalle. He has since gone on to sing opera, oratorio and art song throughout Germany, Austria, France, Canada and the United States.

He has judged solo and choral singing throughout Canada and the U.S. in competitions ranging from New England Festival competitions the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Auditions. Neiweem has taught seminars and given master classes on opera, Schubert songs and German Romantic Songs for many years, at the Institut für europäische Studien in Vienna, Austria, and for two summers at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He has also served on the artist-faculty of the New York State Summer School fort the Performing Arts in Saratoga, New York, and the Summer High School Music Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin.


An accomplished keyboardist, Jenny Bower has collaborated with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists across the US, Canada, and China. As a soloist, she has premiered a number of pieces for organ and harpsichord, including the first public U.S. performance of Laudes, Jean-Louis Florentz’s majestic seven-movement opus for organ. After completing dual degrees in geology and historical keyboard performance, she has enjoyed keeping a foot in two worlds, allowing her to thrive as an accomplished scientist and musician. In 2017, Jenny was named Vermont Organist of the Year. Currently, she studies soil weathering as a PhD candidate at UVM and performs on organs across the Northeast.


Vermont musician Mark Howe is Organist and Choirmaster of St. Paul’s Cathedral (Episcopal) in Burlington, a post he has held since 1999. The Vermont Chapter of the American Guild of Organists named him Artist of the Year in 2013. He has performed as organist in the New England states, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as in Canada, Belgium, and France.

Mark is a native of Bryn Mawr, Pa., and he earned degrees in organ at Westminster Choir College and Yale University before earning the Ph.D. in Musicology at New York University. His organ teachers have included T. James Hallan, Harriette Slack Richardson, William Hays, Jean Galard, and Thomas Murray. Mark has served as musician in Episcopal parishes in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois, and New York, and has taught at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Westminster Choir College, Yale University, and McGill University.

*a web link and access password will be sent via email 24 hours prior to the event, and access to the stream will be available until 10pm (EST) the day after the event

Remote CART services may be arranged for this event with advance notice. To request this service, please email us directly at lane.series@uvm.edu.



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