The Christmas Organ Concert and Carol Sing was a Ringing Success!!!
An amazing Christmas present of music for all!
The organ is a real treasure here in New England, and our musicians are in the top of their field.
The program was really rich, and the carol sing was
a great way to give us a spiritual feast as well.
Michael Sklader and Regina Colvin played
CHRISTMAS ORGAN CONCERT
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21ST, 2:00
DR. SUSAN ARTMSTRONG, AAGO – ORGANIST
ASSISTED BY MICHAEL SKLADER, ORGANIST
A Christmas Blessing – Reginald Barrett III
Num Komm, der Heiden Heiland – Diderik Buxthude
Now Come, Savior of the Heathen
Evening Bells and Cradle Song – Will C. Macfarlane
Es ist ein Ros’ entspringen – Johannes Brahms
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella – Sharon Elery Rogers
A Christmas Perlude – Nancy Faxon
Sussex Carol – David Lasky
Baby Jesus – Gesu Bambino – Petro Yon
Deck the Halls – Robin Dinda – Organ Duet, Four Hands and Four Feet
Rosace – Henry Mulet
Rose Window from the Byzanting Sketches
O Little Town of Bethlehem – Richard Ellsasser
Festival Toccata – Percy Fletcher
Michael Sklader will play Silent Night on the guitar
and Regina Colvin will accompany him on the flute.
There will be a hymn sing following the organ recital and Kathy Anderle, our church soloist, will sing
O Holy Night.
Reginald Barrett, an Englishman who lived in America, well known for his organ arrangement of Arthur Sullivan’s “The Lost Chord” Studied at Guild Hall School of Music in London and came to America in 1888.
Diderik Buxtehude (1637-1707). was a Danish-German organist and composer of the Baroque period. His organ works represent a central part of the standard organ repertoire and are frequently performed at recitals and in church. “Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland” is an Advent piece, announcing the coming of the Saviour.
Will C Macfarlane 1870-1945. He was one of the youngest organists to be a founder of the American Guild of Organists in1 1896. He was municipal organist in Portland, Maine from 1912-1919. Today’s selection was written for that organ. He wrote a Scotch Fantasia which betrays the fact that the folk songs of “…dear old bonnie Scotland are dear to the heart of him who still bears a good old Scottish name.”
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Brahms was a significant lieder composer, who wrote over 200 songs. The organ work, “I Know a Rose Tree Blooming” is from a set of eleven choral preludes, Op.122 was written in the style of J.S. Bach which he wrote shortly before passing on, have become an important part of the organ repertoire.
Sharon Elery Rogers is a nationally known composer of hundreds of published choral anthems, masses, organ and vocal collections, brass, piano and Handbell pieces. Sharon attended WayneStateUniversity in Detroit for her graduate study in composition and organ. She held the position of Supervisor of Music at three suburban Detroit school systems as well as teaching private music students for a number of years. She sang and arranged music at two Detroit radio stations. In 1993 she won first prize in the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers composer’s contest with her original piece A Raz-a-ma-taz and was named Composer of the Year in 1999 by the Jeffers Handbell Supply Publishing Co.
Nancy Faxon, born in 1914 Received three Masters degrees from ChicagoMusicalCollege. Instead of a written thesis she was allowed to compose an orchestral work; the result, Rhapsody for Piano with Orchestra, won first prize in the National Composer’s Clinic (1941). n 1982 the Boston chapter sponsored a concert of her music, using the proceeds to establish a music scholarship in her name, subsequently awarded annually. Mrs. Faxon was listed in the first edition of Who’s Who in American Women (1958). She was a member of the American Women Composers and Pen Women.
David Lasky, born 1957 has had an active career as organist and composer. In 1992, Mr. Lasky won a national hymn tune-writing competition, sponsored by the Lutheran Home for the Aged in Arlington Heights, Illinois. n 2010, he was one of eleven winners in a composition competition co-sponsored by Region IV of the American Guild of Organists and Wayne Leupold Editions. Most recently, he was commissioned by the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists to compose a piece for the 2014 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.
Pietro Yon 1886-1943 studied at the music conservatories in Milan and Turin, after which he received his final training at Rome’s prestigious Accademia di Santa Cecilia. After his 1905 graduation Yon served as one of the regular Vatican organists and also played at the San Pietro Basilica under Remigio Renzi. He settled in New York in 1907 and became Organist at St Patrick’s Cathedral NYC in 1927. His best-known work by far is his 1917 Christmas hymn Gesu Bambino (Baby Jesus).
Robin Dinda born in 1959 played his first European recitals at age sixteen, performing organ concerts in Germany that included his own compositions. His organ duos – works for four hands and four feet – have become standard repertory and have been performed and recorded by numerous musicians worldwide.
Henri Mulet‘s Esquisses Byzantines were written between 1914–19 It is Mulet’s most famous composition for organ. This group of pieces was inspired by “elements” of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Paris and are inscribed “En mémoire de la Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre”, “Rose Window ” is the second piece in this set. He was literally born in the shadow of this great church. He came of age assisting his father, the maître de-chapelle of the neo-Byzantine Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur, by playing the harmonium. He was enrolled in the Paris Conservatoire before he was twelve years old.
Richard Ellsasser (1926-1972) was born in Cleveland Organist, composer and conductor, educated at OberlinCollege, Baldwin-WallaceNew YorkUniversity and BostonUniversity. He studied organ with Winslow Cheney and Albert Reimenschneider. A child prodigy, he toured the Eastern states as an organist with symphony orchestras at age 7. He made his New York debut in 1937.
Percy Eastman Fletcher (1879-1932) was a British composer of classical music, born in Derby. He worked as musical director at London theatres including the DruryLaneTheatre and, from 1915 onward, His Majesty’s Theatre. Besides, he wrote ballads, works for chorus, and suites for light orchestra, as well as pieces commissioned for brass band competitions, including the tone poem Labour and Love won the 1913 National Championships. The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll was also set to music by Fletcher. The Festival Toccata, is a triumphal movement dedicated to Edwin Lemare in 1915.