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The Chicago International Organ Festival 2001

by admin, February 2001

February 18-20 2001 The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago 126 East Chestnut Street Chicago, Illinois 60611-2094 312.787.2729, ext. 252 1971 Aeolian Skinner Organ, Opus 1516 4 manuals 126 ranks “Self-Portraits: The Composer as Performer”This year’s festival will feature international artists performing their own compositions in concert. Pre-Festival Concert Saturday, 17 February 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of organ music as Chicago composers perform their own compositions. Frank Ferko, assisted by Jeremy Ruthrauff, saxophone Aaron David Miller Richard Webster, assisted by Kevin Hartman, trumpet A free-will offering will be received. Sunday, 18 February 3:00 p.m. Dan Locklair : Premiere of Commissioned Work Monday, 19 February 7:30 p.m. Jean Guillou : Improvisation Tuesday, 20 February 7:30 p.m. John Weaver assisted by Marianne Weaver, flute : Premiere of Commissioned Work Suggested Donations: Individual Concerts: $15 / $12 (students and seniors) All Three Concerts: $35 / $25 (students and seniors) A reception will follow each concert. Recordings and printed scores by all artists will be available for purchase. To order tickets, contact Wannida Scott by e-mail: wscott@fourthchurch.org. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Fourth Presbyterian Church Department of Music and Arts John W. W. Sherer, jsherer@fourthchurch.org Organist and Director of Music Mary Theresa Reed, mtreed@fourthchurch.org Director of Children’s and Youth Choirs C. Carroll Cole, ccole@fourthchurch.org Arts Administrator Wannida Scott, wscott@fourthchurch.org Administrative Assistant C. Carroll Cole Arts Administrator Fourth Presbyterian Church 126 East Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611-2094 312.787.2729, ext. 252 facsimile: 312.787.4584 ccole@fourthchurch.org...

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Guilmant Organ Recital Series 2001 at First Presbyterian Church, NYC

by admin, February 2001

Annual recital series at The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, 12 W. 12 Street. This year’s recital series features concert organists who are associated with the Greenwich Village. Second Recital: William Entriken on February 11, 2001. 4:00 PM Third Recital: David Shuler on February 25, 2001. 4:00 PM In October 1899, the Guilmant Organ School, the first school in America devoted to the teaching of organ and church music, opened at The First Presbyterian Church. Named after the famous 19th-century Parisian organist and founder, Alexandre Guilmant, the School was highly regarded as an institution for the training of church musicians. During the sixty-three years that the Guilmant School was at First Presbyterian, many organ recitals were given at the church by internationally acclaimed organists, and by Guilmant students. Many of the Guilmant students were appointed to important music positions around the country. Sunday, February 11 at 4:00 p.m. William Entriken , Organist William Entriken is Organist and Choirmaster of The First Presbyterian Church in New York City. Dr. Entriken will perform: Carillon de Westminster, Vierne; Fantasia in G, BWV 572, Bach; Fantasia in F minor, K608, Mozart; Meditation Religieuse, Mulet, and Prelude and Fugue on the Theme BACH, Liszt. The program is designed to show the Baroque and Classic sounds of the organ at First Presbyterian Church as well as the symphonic proportions of this grand instrument. Dr. Entriken has been Organist at First Presbyterian since 1988 when he succeeded his teacher, Dr. Robert S. Baker. Prior to coming to First Presbyterian Church, he was Organist and Choirmaster at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields, New York City. William Entriken’s bio Sunday February 25 at 4:00 p.m. David Shuler, Organist Mr. Shuler is currently Director of Music and Organist at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields, New York City. He will perform: Choral-Improvisation sur le “Victimae paschali”, Tournemire; Andante in F Major K616, Mozart; Prelude and Fugue in E Flat Major (‘St. Anne’), Bach; Air with Variations from Suite for Organ, Sowerby and Rubrics, Locklair. DAVID SHULER was educated at the Eastman School of Music, Columbia University, and the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. He studied organ with David Craighead and Leonard Raver, and composition with Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler and Gunther Schuller. He has received numerous awards, including a BMI-SC award for composition and First Prize in the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter American Guild of Organists Organ Playing Competition. Mr. Shuler is presently Director of Music and Organist at the historic Church of Saint Luke in the Fields in New York City. Prior to that appointment, he was the Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Stamford, Connecticut. He has also held positions as Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City and Assistant Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Mr. Shuler has been particularly active as a champion of contemporary music. He has premiered organ works of Charles Wuorinen, William Albright, Ralph Shapey, Gunther Schuller, and Frank Retzel, among others. Mr. Shuler received a 1983 National Endowment for the Arts Consortium Commissioning Grant to commission works from Ralph Shapey, Charles Wuorinen, and Gunther Schuller as well as a grant from the Washington, D.C. American Guild of Organists Foundation for the promotion of contemporary music. He has recorded the organ music of Frank Retzel (for Opus One) and Richard Toensing (for Owl). In addition, he has recorded the choral music of Frank Wigglesworth with the Choir of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields for CRI. In May of 1991, Mr. Shuler was invited to present a concert of contemporary American organ music at the University...

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Guilmant Organ Recital Series 2001 at First Presbyterian Church, NYC

by admin, January 2001

Annual recital series at The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, 12 W. 12 Street. This year’s recital series features concert organists who are associated with the Greenwich Village. First Recital: Christopher Creaghan on January 14, 2001. 4:00 PM In October 1899, the Guilmant Organ School, the first school in America devoted to the teaching of organ and church music, opened at The First Presbyterian Church. Named after the famous 19th-century Parisian organist and founder, Alexandre Guilmant, the School was highly regarded as an institution for the training of church musicians. During the sixty-three years that the Guilmant School was at First Presbyterian, many organ recitals were given at the church by internationally acclaimed organists, and by Guilmant students. Many of the Guilmant students were appointed to important music positions around the country. Christopher Creaghan will play the first recital on January 14 at 4:00 PM. For the past six years, Mr. Creaghan was Music Director and Organist for St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village. Mr. Creaghan is a frequent recitalist in New York’s major churches and has performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Park Avenue Christian Church, Church of the Ascension, St. Peter’s Lutheran, and the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. His program will include works by Bach, Franck and Dupré and will last about one hour. A native of Canada, Mr. Creaghan received the A.R.C.T. degree in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and the Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Organ Performance from Manhattan School of Music. At graduation he was presented with the John Ceravalo Award for “outstanding accomplishment in the performance of the music of J.S. Bach”. Mr. Creaghan is Organist for Temple Israel of New Rochelle, and is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music. Other Recitals in the Series: February 11 at 4:00 PM: William Entriken Organist and Choirmaster, First Presbyterian Church, NYC February 25 at 4:00 PM: David Shuler Director of Music and Organist, Church of St. Luke in the Fields, NYC Read the history of the Guilmant Organ School at First Presbyterian Church Church Contact Details: First Presbyterian Church 12 W 12 Street New York, NY 10011 Telephone: (212) 675-6150 Fax: (212) 675-8674...

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Bachanalia 2000 concert by the Greater Hartford Chapter AGO

by admin, November 2000

BACHANALIA 2000 The American Guild of Organists: Greater Hartford CT Chapter Members Recital Sunday, November 19 ~ 7 o’clock P.M. St. Peter’s Church, New Britain, CT For directions to the Church, click here.  Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 545 Jason Charneski From the “Eighteen Great” Chorales: Fantasia super Komm, Heiliger Geist, BWV 651 Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 Renée Anne Louprette Allein Gott in der Höh Sei Ehr, BWV 662 Jason Charneski Allein Gott in der Höh Sei Ehr, BWV 663 Allein Gott in der Höh Sei Ehr, BWV 664 Renée Anne Louprette Prelude and Fugue in A Major, BWV 536 Jason Charneski ~Intermission~ Concerto in G Major (Ernst), BWV 592 Gretchen Hill I. Allegro II. Grave III. Presto Anticipating Advent… Pastorale in F Major, BWV 590 Renée Anne Louprette Fuga sopra il Magnificat: “Meine Seele erhebt den Herrn”, BWV 733 John Nisbet From the “Eighteen Great” Chorales: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 Jason Charneski Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661 Nancy Robbins Prelude and Fugue in D minor (“Dorian”), BWV 538 Renée Anne Louprette The Greater Hartford Chapter AGO Board would like to thank all those who donated their time and services to the preparation of this concert, especially our talented artists and performers, John Nisbet and the staff and clergy of St. Peter’s Church, Dave Harper and all volunteers from the AGO Chapter membership.Donations towards BACHANALIA and the Hartford Chapter events programming will be gratefully received in the collection plate at the church entrance. ~ SOLI DEO GLORIA ~ Jason Charneski presently serves as the minister of music at Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, Connecticut, where he plays for all services, directs three of the church’s six musical ensembles, and is responsible for the administration of the entire music ministry. In addition, Mr. Charneski is on the faculty of Mary Immaculate Academy in New Britain, Connecticut. Mr. Charneski holds his master’s degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, where he studied organ with John Mitchener, choral conducting with James Albritten, and served as the School’s music theory teaching assistant. While living in North Carolina, he served as music director of the First Presbyterian Church in Thomasville and organist for the Saturday and Sunday evening Masses at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel in Winston-Salem. He holds his bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied organ with David Higgs and organ improvisation with Richard Erickson and Gerre Hancock. During that time, he served as organist and choir director of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Henrietta, New York. While in high school, he studied organ with Edward Clark, Richard Coffey and Lorraine Revelle and served as organist and choir director of Trinity Covenant Church in Plainville, Connecticut. Mr. Charneski won first prize in the 1995 New Haven Chapter-American Guild of Organists Competition for Young Organists, and subsequently placed second at the New England regional-level competition that same year. Gretchen Hill grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and attended public schools there. She graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.Mus. in Church Music in 1972. Since then, she has returned to the Hartford area and held positions of Organist/Director at several Lutheran churches. She is currently Director of Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Meriden. She is also on the Board of Directors at Hartford Conservatory. Gretchen is married to Allen Hill and they have two sons, Jeremy, a senior at Eastman School of Music, and Jonathan, a senior at Glastonbury High School. Renée Anne Louprette is a native of Albany, New York. She...

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Dr. Susan Armstrong and Michael Sklader perform at Elm Street Congregational Church in Southbridge, MA

by admin, Events

Elm Street Congregational Church located in Southbridge, Massachusetts, is proud to present a concert featuring internationally known concert organist Dr. Susan Armstrong on Sunday, November 19, 2000 beginning at 7pm. Dr. Armstrong will be performing on the Church’s 1891 Johnson Tracker Organ. Dr. Armstrong received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, is an associate of the American Guild of Organists, and writes frequently for The New England Organist, and American Organist magazines. She has concertized widely throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. A versatile player, she has performed music ranging from Baroque and American music to “Great Romantic Masterpieces” such as Fantasies by Max Reger, and Symphonies of Vierne and Widor. She combines historical perspectives with an individualized concert presentation and performance for each occasion. Performing with Dr. Armstrong will be Michael Sklader. Mr. Sklader has been playing the organ since he was 13 years old. He is currently the organist at the Portland Street Baptist Church in Haverhill, Massachusetts, where he plays an 1885 Hook and Hastings organ. A graduate of Montclair State College, he has performed in concerts throughout New England and New York. The concert is part of Elm Street Congregational Church’s 200th Anniversary Celebration, and is being sponsored by the Men’s Fellowship group. Following the concert, a reception featuring food and fellowship will be held sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship group. Admission to the concert is free and opened to the public. Elm Street Congregational Church is located on the corner of Elm and Park Streets in Southbridge, Massachusetts. For more information, please contact the Church office at...

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Margaret Irwin-Brandon leads a Pipe Organs of Italy Tour

by admin, October 2000

The Organs of Italy tour originator and guide, Margaret Irwin-Brandon, performer and teacher specializing in early keyboard instruments, enjoys a life-long interest in the historic organs of Italy and their music. Organs of Italy tours focus on instruments which cover a broad range of size, age and importance. The Details:  Cost of the tour, including land transportation in Italy: $1900.00 Single supplement: $400. Contact Margaret Irwin-Brandon: mi-b@rcn.com includes: Hotels with breakfast 5 festive meals with regional specialties Tips and taxes Recitals & garden admissions does not include: Passport fee Air passage to Italy Items of a personal nature Trip cancellation or travel insurance Reservations may be made with a deposit of $400, payable by October 5, 2000. Reservations will be made in the order of receipt of deposit. Late reservations are subject to space availability. Cancellations made before Sept. 15 will result in a full return of payment. After Sept, 15, refunds will be subject to charges by carriers, hotels and other contractors. Cancellation insurance is recommended. Prices are based on exchange rates in effect on August 15, 2000 and are subject to adjustment before the start of the tour. Leadership: Organs of Italy tour originator and guide, Margaret Irwin- Brandon, performer and teacher specializing in early keyboard instru- ments, enjoys a life-long interest in the historic organs of Italy and their music.Organs of Italy tours focus on instruments which cover a broad range of size, age and importance. Ms. Irwin- Brandon is also the founder and director of Arcadia Players, a period instrument ensemble specializiing in the music of the Baroque. ITINERARY, Oct. 28 – Nov. 4 Saturday, Oct. 28 PISTOIA Gather at the Cathedral at 4:30 pm. “Choir rehearsal” for Sunday’s mass with Umberto Pineschi Opening reception Sunday, Oct. 29 Worship in the Cathedral Organs of PISTOIA Walking tour of several Pistoese organs by Hermanns, Agati and Tronci. Dinner together Recital in Serra (new Ghilardi organ) Monday, Oct. 30 More organs of Pistoia Afternoon trip to the villages and organs of TREPPIO & S. MARCELLO Tuesday, Oct. 31 LUCCA/CORSANICO Morning garden tour to Villa Garzoni Inner-city organs in Lucca, Afternoon visit to Lucca’s organ builder, Glauco Ghilardi Evening in Corsanico: Recital & Dinner Wednesday, Nov. 1 BOLOGNA San Petronio’s famous Da Prato and Malamini organs demonstrated by Lieuwe Tamminga. Visits to other instruments, including the church of San Martino. Thursday, Nov. 2 FLORENCE free day Friday, Nov. 3 Morning organ visits to La Badia and S. Niccolo Afternoon tour of Baroque gardens: La Gamberaia, La Pietra Closing dinner Saturday, Nov. 4 Farewell breakfast and check-out. Optional extension:, November 4, 5, 6...

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