Concert This Sunday: The King of Instruments and the Instrument of Kings

This coming Sunday, I will be performing a concert with trumpeter Kyra Hill as part of the parish concert series. I know that many of the readers of my site don’t live anywhere near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, but if you do, we’d love to have you, and it’ll be a lot of fun.

Sunday, 5-June 2016
2:30 p.m.
Our Mother of Sorrows Church
415 Tioga Street, Johnstown PA

Why you should come

I am proud that almost all of the music in this program was written in the last 100 years: there are compositions dating from 1919, 1929, 1935, 1946, 1964, 2000, and 2004. Unlike much of the classical music world which got lost around 1880 and never recovered, music for organ has seen a explosion of music and musical styles that continues to the present day. Of course there is the obligatory piece by J.S. Bach, because how could you have an organ concert without any Bach? But beyond that, there are pieces by such modern greats as Alan Hovhaness, Marcel Dupré, Louis Vierne, and Olivier Messiean.

It’s been a while since I performed a full-length concert; it has been fun to get back in the swing of regular practice and getting pieces up to snuff. I hope you find it as enjoyable to listen to as it has been for me to prepare!

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  1. Gijs Says:

    This sounds great! Unfortunately I am nowhere near Johnstown… I don’t suppose there will be a recording?

  2. Benoit Jacob Says:

    How could an organist date the death of classical music to an earlier date than Bruckner’s death in 1896 ? ;-) Joke aside, totally agree, and by 1880 classical music was already at a late stage of its lifespan. It’s great that organists, alone, have kept alive a tradition of improvisation. Best of luck for your concert!

  3. Brad Quinn Says:

    Please, record this if you can.

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