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Open Day
Irvine Auditorium at The University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA, United States)
Peter Krasinski

“Phantom of the Opera” Silent Film with Live Organ Accompaniment Tuesday October 25th 7pm Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania (3401 Spruce Street) Experience the 1925 silent film classic the way it was meant to be enjoyed. Come hear one of the largest pipe organs in the world with famed improvisational organist, Peter Krasinski, at the console. This FREE Penn Halloween tradition is open to the public. www.perelmanquad.com http://www.krasinski.org/

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Recital--Organ Plus
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul (West Roxbury, MA, United States)
Edward A. Broms, Peter Krasinski

Premiere Organ Concert Organ Symphony No.1: Ainulindale Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 8:00 PM Holy Name Parish, West Roxbury Composer and organist Edward A. Broms, and organist Peter Krasinski, will premiere Broms’ recently completed Organ Symphony No.1: Ainulindale, based on the creation story from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. This new work for pipe organ without orchestra will be presented on two nights, March 28 and 29 at 8:00pm at Holy Name Parish (1689 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA). The complete work will be presented both evenings, with the organists playing different portions each evening, and switching roles for the exciting, improvised finale on two organs. Both performances will benefit the Holy Name Organ Trust, and will be played on the church’s recently renovated Wicks organs. The suggested donation for each concert is $10. In 2005, Krasinski commissioned Broms to compose an organ work after hearing one of his vocal compositions at a joint concert. The resulting Organ Symphony #1: Ainulindale, is based on the beautiful creation story at the beginning of The Silmarillion titled Ainulindale, or Music of the Ainur (Singing of the Holy), with which Broms has been fascinated from a young age. Published posthumously in 1977 by his son, Tolkien’s Silmarillion is a collection of fictional legends presented as histories, written over 60+ years. The story itself describes a number of themes which Broms thought would make great musical form. He took the opportunity of Krasinski’s commission of an organ work to realize his dreamwork–itself a study for full Oratorio for chorus and orchestra on the same subject–another dream to be realized in the near future. From the outset, improvisation was to be an integral aspect of the work, based on both Krasinski’s and Broms’ formidable improvisation skills. It developed as a meditation on creation and the creative process itself, with the intention of changing the composer, the performer, and the audience as they each live through the work. Organ Symphony No. 1 covers a continuum between being completely improvised and completely composed. Thus it is a study in the existential and phenomenological realities of these two poles. Yet it also ranges into the territories–much less explored–where these two poles intertwine. The organist is called upon to improvise with written parts–forms, rhythms, text, narrative, and other parameters, and to compose with materials intended for improvisation–even being called upon to compose themes to introduce into the work, thus making each performance completely unique, yet recognizable in sound and form as a distinct composition. The formal structure of the Symphony is in five movements, and overlays traditional Western forms over the Raga form of India, making it essentially a long Raga. Tolkien fans will enjoy this performance as much as those who are organ aficionados. Much like Johnny Reinhard’s musical/theatrical setting of The Odyssey, this work brings the exciting and beautiful narrative to life. Fans of jazz, rock, and world music will also enjoy this performance, as it brings all of these genres to bear. The final movement includes one musical theme outside of Tolkien’s milieu–a favorite of Krasinski’s– a Christian Science hymn. The inclusion of the Mary Baker Eddy hymn, Christ My Refuge, in a setting by Percy C. Buck, with its free flowing melody and the verse, “There sweeps a strain low sad and sweet,” is very apt for the themes of ultimate creation and fate. Devotees of contemplation will enjoy the Symphony’s final vision of hope–that all so-called evil in the world is an unwitting aid to, and ultimately and triumphantly consumed into, a glorious reality beyond our imaginings. Dubbed a true,...

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Recital--Organ Solo
Holy Name Parish, West Roxbury (Boston, MA, United States)
Edward A. Broms, Peter Krasinski
- 2008-03-29

Edward A. Broms (The Cathedral CHurch of St. Paul, Boston), Peter Krasinski (Winner of the 2002 AGO Improvisation Competition) Ainulindale, Organ Symphony #1, world premiere. Based on the the creation story at the beginning of The Silmarillion of Tolkien. The hour long work is equally composed and improvised and the performances will feature the entire work on both evenings. The improvised finale features both organists.

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Recital--Organ Solo
Holy Name Parish Church (West Roxbury, MA, United States)
Edward A. Broms and Peter Krasinski
- 2008-03-29

Organist Peter Krasinski, and Composer/Organist Edward A. Broms, will premiere Broms’ recently completed Organ Symphony #1: Ainulindale on two nights, March 28 and March 29, at Holy Name Parish Church, in West Roxbury, MA. The suggested donation is $25, to benefit the Holy Name Organ Trust Fund. Commissioned by Krasinski in 2005, Broms’ composition is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion<' and the beautiful creation story at its beginning.Improvisation is an integral aspect of the work, based on both Krasinski's and Broms' formidable improvisational...

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