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The First Israeli Organ Festival

by admin, November 2003

The First Israeli Organ Festival will take place simultaneously in Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem between the 17th and the 20th of November 2003. The First Israeli Organ Festival is organised by the Israel Organ Society. 22 Itshar Street, Jerusalem, Israel In Tel-Aviv the Festival will be held at the Clairmont Recital Hall in the Tel-Aviv University campus. The 39 stops, three keyboard organ was built in 2002 by the German organ builder Hermann Eule. In Haifa: in the Hecht Museum Auditorium of the Haifa University. The organ was built in 1998 by the Israeli organ-builder, Gideon Shamir. It has 32 stops, and two keyboards. In Jerusalem: at the Brigham Young University Center for Middle-Eastern Studies on Mount Scopus. The organ is 1983 Marcussen with three keyboards and 38 stops. The program is composed of 18 two-hour-long organ concerts. It covers most of the classical repertoire and several modern pieces which will be heard in Israel for the first time. The organists taking part of this event are: Francois Espinasse, titular of Saint-Severin church in Paris Vincent Warnier, titular of Saint-Etienne du Mont church in Paris Sabin Levi, organ-player and composer, residing currently in the USA Istvan Ella, well-knowned Hungarian organ player from Budapest Elisabeth Roloff, German organist residing in Jerusalem Roman Krasnovsky, organ-player and composer residing in Israel Yuval Rabin, organ-player and composer residing currently in Switzerland. More Information: Sabin Levi, sabin*XNOSPAMX*mail.ku.edu (replace *XNOSPAM* with @ to send mail) The Israeli Organists’ and Organ lovers’...

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Brighton Dome’s famous 1936 organ to be re-installed in September 2003

by admin, September 2003

The Brighton Dome organ returns to the Concert Hall Sunday 28th September, 2.45pm. BRIGHTON DOME Dome Concert Hall Corn Exchange Pavilion TheatreThe Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 79th concert season with a spectacular concert, which includes the chance to hear Brighton Dome’s famous pipe organ for the first time since its reconstruction. Michael Maine will performSaint-Saëns‘ fabulous Organ Symphony, which provides a fantastic showcase for the instrument, with the BPO conducted by Principal Conductor Barry Wordsworth. Coincidentally the last organ performance by the Brighton Philharmonic was the same Saint-Saëns work performed by Stephen Hicks on 27th March 1994. The Brighton Dome are also programming several dedicated organ concerts for the Spring/Summer season (2004) with such luminaries as Thomas Trotter, Carlos Curley and Wayne Marshall. Whilst next year’s Brighton Festival programme will feature one or two orchestral pieces which make full use of the organ’s fantastic versatility.Brighton Dome was built in l803 as the stables adjoining the Prince Regent’s (George IV) oriental extravaganza, The Royal Pavilion. In 1850 the Dome was converted into a Concert Hall which included a 4 manual Father Willis organ, which when the building was re-designed in l935 was taken out. When the l930s art deco interior was introduced the present Norman, Hill & Beard dual-purpose concert organ was installed in l936, it was tailor-made to suit the many uses of the Concert Hall during that period and therefore built to be played as either a cinema or classical organ. It was designed by Dr Stanley Roper (Organist of HM Chapel Royal, London), Quentin MacLean (famous cinema organist of the Trocadero, Elephant and Castle), and Brighton Borough Organist at the time, Dr Alfred Abdey. The instrument became famous through the many broadcasts of Douglas Reeve in the heyday of the BBC Light Programme’s 10am theatre organ programmes. His twice-weekly summer series of Pack up Your Troubles organ concerts attracted capacity audiences. He also inaugurated, just after the 2nd World War, the weekly Tuesday Night at the Dome variety shows, which made the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running seaside variety show in the world (1600)! Brighton Dome’s Concert Hall re-opened in March 2002 after three years of extensive restoration and re-building after years of neglect. The job of restoring the organ was given to David Wells (Organ Builders) of Liverpool, who are one of the best of only 10 organ builders in the country. Although the Concert Hall re-opened over a year ago, it has taken far longer to install the organ, largely due to the fact that it is now a working venue and the organ needs to be installed in a dust-free environment. Although the chambers were installed some time ago, the final components will finally be put in place in August when the venue closes for routine maintenance. The wonderful acoustics of the Concert Hall’s new Carmen system means that the organ will be heard in prime condition. All press enquiries: Caroll Pinkham, Press Officer, Brighton Dome 01273 260 826 or email:caroll.pinkham@brighton-dome.org.uk Brighton Dome official website Organ of Brighton...

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Thomas Murray recital on the E.M. Skinner organ at St. Ann & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

by admin, September 2003

Thomas Murray & E.M. Skinner, Opus 524 (1925, V/80) A Concert to Celebrate Stage I Restoration of an American Masterpiece – The Solo Stops Speak Again! Come join us! Sunday, September 28, 2003 – 8:00 pm Suggested Donation $15.00, Students/Seniors $10.00 St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 157 Montague Street (Corner of Clinton St.) Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201 (718) 875-6960...

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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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