From Harvard Yard #1413
…a visit to Memorial Church to hear the new gallery organ by C. B. Fisk, the renewed 1930 Skinner organ in Appleton Chapel, and some historic resonances of instruments from the past.
Along with the Harvard University Choir, led by Edward Elwyn Jones, featured soloists include Chapel Organist Christian Lane, composer-in-residence Carson Cooman, and inaugural season guests David Higgs and Chelsea Chen. The majority of these recordings were made for Harvard Media Services by Anthony DiBartolo.
The Charles B. Fisk and Peter J. Gomes Memorial Organ (Fisk Opus 139) was officially ‘opened’ during Easter Services in 2012. Our program also features the Jane Slaughter Hardenberg Memorial Organ (Skinner Opus 793), as well as excerpts plays on instruments previously located in Appleton Chapel (Fisk Opus 46 from 1967; Aeolian-Skinner Opus 886 from 1932) and Adolphus Busch Hall (1958 Flentrop).
Enjoy some additional performances with these special web-exclusive features:
ARTHUR SULLIVAN: --the Easter Morning congregation at Memorial Church with the Harvard University Choir/Edward Jones, director; Christian Lane, organ (Fisk Opus 139)
LOUIS VIERNE: –Harvard University Choir/Edward Jones, director; Joseph Fort, organ (Fisk Opus 139), Christian Lane, organ (Skinner Opus 793)
MAURICE DURUFLÉ: J.S. BACH: –David Higgs, organ (Fisk Opus 139)
GUSTAV MAHLER (trans. Briggs): –David Briggs, organ (Fisk Opus 139)
CARSON COOMAN: –Carson Cooman, organ (Skinner Opus 793)
Also, for further background on some of the new works in this program, hear Carson Cooman talk about his ““ (for Fisk Opus 139) and the (for Fisk Opus 46).
Additionally, you can hear David Conte talk about his Prelude and Fugue , as well as the 2004 premiere performance recorded by Ken Cowan on another new Fisk pipe organ (Opus 117 at Pomona College in Claremont, CA) here.