Buffalo native James Kosnik returns to St. Joseph University Church on Sunday to present a recital on the Tellers organ over which he presided as the church's organist/choir director from 1974 to 1978. However, the organ won't be the way he remembers it, having been recently rebuilt as part of the 150th anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph University Parish. During his professional years in Buffalo, Kosnik also had been organist/choir director at St. Joseph's Old Cathedral, chairman of the music department at Villa Maria College and had other affiliations with Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora and Our Lord Church in Orchard Park. He left Buffalo in 1982 to assume a faculty post at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., where he remains as associate professor of music.
Sunday's recital at 5 p.m. in the church at 3269 Main St. will offer a mixture of literature. From the baroque era Kosnik will play Bach's "Piece d'orgue" (Fantasia in G), BWV 572 and Scheidt's "Magnificat on the Ninth Tone." The Romantic era is represented by Cesar Franck's (above) "Piece heroique" and a movement from Mendelssohn's Sonata III, while 20th century works include Messiaen's "Alleluias serines," one of Langlais' "Three Gregorian Paraphrases" and the five-movement "Partita on Hyfrydol" by Charles Callahan.