2018 Klais-Schlueter/First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
2018 Klais-Schlueter/First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

Beauty in the Midst of Chaos #2042

. . . excerpts from the American Guild of Organists’ Organ Fest 2020, featuring compositions and performers scheduled for the canceled 2020 AGO Convention in Atlanta.

Hour One

J. S. BACH (trans. Dupré):  Sinfonia to Cantata, BWV 29Thomas Ospital (1989 van den Heuvel/St. Eustache, Paris)

JUNE NIXONIntrada St. Anne (premiere) –Stuart Stephenson & Michael Tiscione, trumpets; Jens Korndörfer (2018 Klais-Schlueter/1st Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA)

BRENDA PORTMANPrelude & Tarantella (premiere) –Amanda Mole (1935 Aeolian-Skinner + 2012 Peragallo/St. Malachy’s Church, New York, NY)

JANET LINKERChorale Fantasy, All creatures of our God and kingJoyce Johnson (1968 Holtkamp/Sisters Chapel, Spellman College, Atlanta, GA)

WILL TODDThe Call of WisdomAtlanta Master Chorale/Eric Nelson; Jonathan Easter (2005 Jaeckel/Performing Arts Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA)

RACHEL LAURINMr. Mistofelees Overture, Op. 94 (premiere) –Alan Morrison (1936 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Pennsburg, PA)

Filler –  NIXON: Intrada (see above)

Hour Two

KALLE TOIVIO:  Introduction & Scherzo on Themes of David Briggs –Kalle Toivio (1993 Mander/Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, NY) Pro Organo 7286 

JOEL PETERSEine wolke nahm ihn weg (premiere) –Catherine Rodland (2006 Holtkamp/Boe Chapel, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN)

ALCEE CHRISS IIIReflexion sur des pas de géantVINCENT YOUMANS (arr. Chriss):  Tea for TwoAlcee Chriss III (2014 Casavant/Maison Symphonique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) ATMA 2782

CHARLES IVES (reconstructed by Charles Krigbaum):  Postlude in FAaron Tan (Woolsey Hall, Yale)

DAVID BRIGGSPassacaglia Chromatique (premiere) –Thomas Ospital (St. Eustache, Paris)

H. BALFOUR GARDINEREvening HymnChoir of Trinity Church, Wall Street/Julian Wachner; Janet Yieh (1989-2018 Noack/St. Paul’s Chapel, Wall Street, New York, NY)

Filler – Bach (see Hour One)

View video of these and other Organ Fest 2020 performances, made available during the second week of July as a modest online alternative to the National AGO Convention that was to have been held in Atlanta July 5-10, 2020.  In particularl, we encourage you to explore online performances by the AGO 2019 Regional Competition Winners.  We know that you will be excited by the music-making of these young Rising Stars!

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