Just Stringing Along #1708
…whether with a single partner or an ensemble of violins, violas, cellos and basses, pipe organs, large and small, prove themselves amiable companions.
TOMASO ALBINONI (arr. Giazotto): Adagio in g –Quad City Symphony/Kim allen Kluge, conductor; Tom Robin Harris (Allen electronic organ/Centennial Hall, Rock Island, IL) Pipedreams Archive (r. 4/13/1996)
HOWARD HANSON: Concerto for Organ, Harp and Strings, Op. 22, no. 3 –Festival Orchestra/Philip Brunelle, conductor; Wilma Jensen (1985 Schantz/Lumen Christi Catholic Church, St. Paul, MN) Pro Organo 7282
Note that the premiere of Judith Bingham’s Jacob’s Ladder was given on the Blackinton pipe organ at Bethel University in Saint Paul, MN, and the façade of this instrument inspired the ‘topic’ of her Parable for Organ and Orchestra.
The soloist in the Hanson Concert that concludes our program, Wilma Jensen, was 59 years old and at the height of her powers when she appeared in Saint Paul for an American Guild of Organists Regional Convention in 1989. She’s now 88 and still going strong! Check out her 85th birthday concert as presented March 2, 2014 at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, where she served ‘in her youth.'