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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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Organ Crawl in the Finger Lakes region, NYS led by Chemung Valley chapter of AGO

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Chemung Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists invites you to join us for an Autumn jaunt to Lodi, Ovid, Interlaken, and Trumansburg, New York 0ctober 28, 2000 Meet: Lodi Historical Society South Main ST Lodi, New York 10:00 a.m. 1852 E. & G. G. Hook 14 ranks Holy Cross Catholic Church 7231 South Main ST Ovid, New York 11:00 a.m. 1862 Builder unknown 7 ranks Lunch: Ginny Lee Café Wagner Vineyards 9322 Route 414 Lodi, New York Noon Reformed Church 8315 Main ST Interlaken, New York 2:00 p.m. 1928 Mõller/Strauss 12 ranks First Presbyterian Church Main ST Trumansburg, New York 3:00 p.m. 1923 Casavant/Strauss 15 ranks First United Methodist Church Main ST Trumansburg, New York 3:45 p.m. 1860 Garrett House 16 ranks Please contact David Lenington to make reservations for luncheon buffet. E-mail: DAVELEN@AOL.COM PH: 570-268-5035...

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Alexander Fiseisky plays Bach Marathon in Duesseldorf, Germany

by admin, September 2000

On September 23, 2000, Alexander Fiseisky will perform the entire organ works of J.S. Bach in one day. See the program, stoplist, and Alexander’s bio here in both English and German. Program 1 | Program 2 | Program 3 | Program 4 | Program 5 | Program 6 | Program 7 | Program 8 | Program 9 | Program 10 | Program 11 | Program 12 | Program 13 | Program 13 | Program 14 | Program 15 | Program 16 Organ and Stoplist of St Margareta Basilica   |   Alexander Fiseisky’s biography   |   About this performance More about Alexander Fiseisky Gesamte Orgelwerke / The Complete Organ Works anläßlich des 250. Todestages von Johann Sebastian Bach / In Commemoration of the 250-th Anniversary of the Death of Johann Sebastian Bach gespielt von / played by Alexander Fiseisky an der/on the Rieger-Organ In tiefer Verehrung und zur Erinnerung an den größten Komponisten des letzten Jahrtausends In profound honour and remembrance of the greatest composer of the second millennium Program 1: 6.30 Uhr Präludium und Fuge C-Dur, BWV 545 Choralbearbeitungen: Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 735 Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 718 Präludium und Fuge g-Moll, BWV 535 Trio-Sonate e-Moll, BWV 528 Adagio. Vivace Andante Un poco Allegro Choralbearbeitungen: Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich, BWV 732 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 713 Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 706 Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’, BWV 711 Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 Präludium und Fuge c-Moll, BWV 546 Präludium und Fuge d-Moll, BWV 539 Choralpartita “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768 top of pageProgram 2: 8.00 Uhr Präludium und Fuge C-Dur, BWV 531 Choralbearbeitungen: Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 736 Gottes Sohn ist kommen, BWV 703 Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730 Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 695 Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 690 Fantasie und Fuge a-Moll, BWV 561 Einige canonische Veränderungen über das Weihnachtslied: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her, BWV 769a Concerto d-Moll, BWV 596 Ohne Tempobezeichnung Grave Fuga Largo e spiccato Ohne Tempobezeichnung Fuge c-Moll, BWV 575 top of pageProgram 3: 9.00 Uhr Toccata (Präludium) und Fuge F-Dur, BWV 540 Choralpartita “Christ, der du bist der helle Tag”, BWV 766 Concerto a-Moll, BWV 593 Ohne Tempobezeichnung Adagio Allegro Fantasie C-Dur, BWV 570 Präludium und Fuge G-Dur, BWV 550 Präludium und Fuge a-Moll, BWV 543 top of pageProgram 4: 10.00 Uhr Präludium und Fuge G-Dur, BWV 541 Choralbearbeitungen: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 699 Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes-Sohn, BWV 698 Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 697 Wir Christenleut’, BWV 710 Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh’ darein, BWV 741 An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653b Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 694 Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 691 Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720 Trio-Sonate Es-Dur, BWV 525 Ohne Tempobezeichnung Adagio Allegro Passacaglia c-Moll, BWV 582 top of pageProgramm 5: 11.00 Uhr Fuge c-Moll über ein Thema von Giovanni Legrenzi, BWV 574 Choralbearbeitungen: Vom Himmel hoch da komm’ ich her, BWV 700 In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 Jesus, meine Zuversicht, BWV 728 Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731 Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein, BWV 734 Fuge h-Moll über ein Thema von Corelli, BWV 579 Präludium und Fuge C-Dur, BWV 547 Pastorale (Pastorella) F-Dur, BWV 590 Toccata und Fuge d-Moll (dorisch), BWV 538 top of pageProgramm 6: 12.00 Uhr Präludium und Fuge a-Moll, BWV 551 Choralpartita “O Gott, du frommer Gott”, BWV 767 Trio G-Dur, BWV 1027a Arie F-Dur, BWV 587 Allabreve D-Dur, BWV 589 Trio-Sonate G-Dur, BWV 530 Vivace Lento Allegro Präludium und Fuge e-Moll, BWV 548 top of pageProgram 7: 13.00 Uhr Orgelbüchlein (45 Choralbearbeitungen, BWV 599-644) 1. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland 2. Gott, durch deine Güte 3. Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes-Sohn 4. Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott 5. Puer natus in Bethlehem 6. Gelobet seist...

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Edward A. Moore and Marvin Mills in performance at National City Christian Church, Washington, DC

by admin, September 2000

On Friday, September 29 at 8 p.m., Dr. Edward A. Moore, the new minister of music at National City Christian Church, will present his DC debut organ recital, teaming up with the church’s new associate minister of music, Marvin Mills. NOTES ON NATIONAL CITY FANFARE National City Fanfare is a new work commissioned from composer Aaron David Miller. It was written for Dr. Edward A. Moore to commemorate his appointment as Minister of Music at National City Christian Church in Washington, DC. Aaron David Miller is presently Associate Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Miller is in great demand as a performer, improviser and composer. In 1996, he won the top prize at the AGO National Improvisation Competition, and in 1998, he earned the Bach and Improvisation prizes at the Calgary International Organ Festival Competition. In 1999, his Concerto for Two Organists was premiered and recorded by the Zurich Symphony for Ethereal Records. Later this year, six of Aaron’s chorale preludes will be published by Augsburg/Fortress. EDWARD MOORE Edward Alan Moore, a native of Girard, OH, is currently serving as Minister of Music at National City Christian Church in Washington, DC. Previously he was Director of Music for Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, Iowa, where he oversaw a music ministry of nine choral and instrumental ensembles. Before his position in Iowa, he served as Director of Music Ministries at Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance in October 1999 from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, where he was a student of Michael Farris. Edward was the 1995-1996 Russell Saunders Organ Scholar at the Eastman School, the first recipient of this award. He has studied organ improvisation at Eastman with Gerre Hancock and Richard Erickson and was a research assistant for Professor Wm. A. Little. He worked closely with Dr. Little on his Doctoral project, in which he researched the organ works of German Composer Heinrich Reimann (1850-1906). Edward received his Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993 as a student of Michael Farris. While in Illinois, he was organist and handbell choir director at the First Presbyterian Church in Urbana. He served as consultant for a new pipe organ built for the church by the Martin Ott Company of St. Louis, working with the builder to design the specifications for the instrument. Edward performed the dedication recital on the new instrument in 1998. For this recital, he premiered Preces for a New Instrument, a new organ composition written for and dedicated to him by then New York composer Aaron David Miller, now Associate Organist at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. The church produced a compact disc recording of the dedication recital. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in music and religion from Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania in 1991, where he studied with the late Robert Cornelison. Edward’s choral conducting training has been with Fred Stoltzfus and Chester Alwes at the University of Illinois and Douglas Browne at Grove City College. During the fall semester 1998 Dr. Moore was a visiting faculty member at the University of Iowa School of Music while Professor Delbert Disselhorst was on sabbatical. Concerts presented at academic institutions include recent recital performances at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Iowa. He has also performed at the State University of New York, Buffalo, the Eastman...

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