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More Organ Recitals

I played Prospect Presbyterian Church’s annual organ recital yesterday (Superbowl Sunday!). Fun and successful. Program was similar to the Staten Island dedication recital, with some substitutions:

Fanfare for the Common Man — Aaron Copland (1900-1990) arr. Roger Brison
From “Enigma” Variations: Nimrod — Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
From Premier livre d’orgue — Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703)
— Recít de tierce en taille
— Dialogue sur les Grands jeux
From Suite pour Orgue, op. 5: mvt 1: Prelude — Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Piece Heroïque — César Franck (1822-1890)
Dawning, op. 392 — Carson Cooman (b. 1982)
Adagio For Strings — Samuel Barber (1910-1981), arr. William Strickland
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532 — J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Festive Trumpet Tune — David German (b. 1954)

Also looking forward to a recital in West Chester, PA… details coming soon!

DMA!

It gives me great pleasure and relief to report that as of Friday, December 21, 2012, I have completed the requirements of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music. On Sunday, December 16, 2012, I conducted a recital program entirely of music by Bach — with the Magnificat in D as the featured work — set within Morrow’s traditional annual Candlelight Carols service. An orchestra of 22 and a choir of 34 brought this musical dream of mine to life. What a privilege to share that magnificent work with a packed sanctuary. This would not have been possible without the generous support of friends, family, and the congregation of Morrow Memorial United Methodist Church. The degree will be officially conferred at Yale’s 2013 commencement on May 20.

Organ Dedication on Staten Island

I had the wonderful opportunity to dedicate a new 3-manual Allen organ at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church on Staten Island on Thursday, July 12. The recital was part of a surprise celebration for their pastor, Monsignor James J. Dorney, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The church is an architectural and acoustical gem, with beautiful stained glass, stations of the cross, and a 5+ second reverb.

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