Church concert to feature organ music
On Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will present the next in its series of Rumble and Zing Concerts for the Community, featuring Gail Archer playing a historical program of organ music from the 17th to 20th centuries.
The program will open with a toccata by the Dutch composer Sweelinck that is a virtuoso piece requiring the player to negotiate rapid scales and wide leaps to show the range and color of the full organ. In contrast, the quiet Magnificat of Scheidemann is a prayerful setting of Medieval plainsong that drops the chant into the pedals and allow the hands to improvise freely. The improvisatory preludes and chorale settings by Buxtehude and Bach take the audience on a sonic tour of the organ, as each section is meant to be registered on a new set of organ stops. The first half of the program will be played in unequal temperaments of the Baroque, which St. Patrick’s new organ is able to mimic digitally. The concert will conclude with a Romantic sonata by Felix Mendelssohn based on the famous hymn “Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord,” an elegant theme and variation by Cesar Franck, and an American sonata by Vincent Persichetti that has all the rhythmic vitality of modern jazz.
Archer holds a degree in organ performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with McNeil Robinson; she also earned an artist diploma from the Boston Conservatory where she studied with James David Christie and Jon Gillock. An active recitalist in both Europe and the United States, she was featured on organ series in Budapest, Turin, Hamburg and the Hague in summer 2004, and returned to Poland, Germany and Italy in summer 2005.
She presented a historic performance practice workshop, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and his Disciples: the Foundation of the North German Organ School at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Los Angeles and was a featured recitalist at the Organ Historical Society national convention in Buffalo, N.Y., in July 2004. She performs regularly at festivals worldwide.
Archer lives in New York City, where she serves as chair of the music department at Barnard College, Columbia University; director of the Young Artist Series at Central Synagogue; artistic director of the lunchtime organ recitals at historic Central Synagogue; and was recently appointed professor of organ at Manhattan School of Music.
This concert is underwritten by a grant from the Carol Franc Buck Foundation. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 341 Village Blvd. Incline Village.
From the intersection of Village Blvd and Highway 28, proceed uphill one block on Village Blvd. The church will be on your left. For further information, call (775) 831-1418 or see tahoeepiscopal.org.
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