1863 Walcker-1947 Aeolian-Skinner/Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA
1863 Walcker-1947 Aeolian-Skinner/Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA

A Methuen Young Artists Showcase #2228

. . . at one of the summer season’s gathering points, concert performances by soloists ages 17-21.

Hour One

FELIX MENDELSSOHNSonata No. 2 in C, Op. 64, no. 2Nathan Dale Barcelona

CHARLES-MARIE WIDORAndante sostenuto, fr Symphonie Gothique (No. 9), Op. 70JEAN LANGLAISHymne d’action de grace (Te Deum)Andrew Byers

CESAR FRANCKCantabileHERBERT HOWELLSRhapsody No. 1 in D-flatJEHAN ALAINLitaniesSavannah Curro

Filler – MENDELSSOHN:  3rd movement (see above)

Hour Two

BENEDETTO MARCELLO (arr. Biggs):  Psalm 19Michael Murray (Telarc 5036)

HERMANN SCHROEDERAndante sostenuto (#2) & Poco vivace (#6), fr Little Preludes and Intermezzos, Op. 9ALAN HOVHANESSDawn Hymn, Op. 138EURYDICE OSTERMANNPoor wayfaring stranger (2002).  VINCENT ROSSI:  Thernodia (1962)David M. Kenney, Jr.

LOUIS JAMES ALFRED LEFEBURE-WELYSortie in E-flatJ. S. BACHPrelude & Fugue in e, BWV 533JEANNE DEMESSIEUXVariations on O filii et filiaeRyan Slocum

Filler – SCHROEDER Poco vivace (see above)

These youthful performances (r. 5/25/22) constituted the official opening program in the 2022 Summer Season of the Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Methuen, MA.  They mark the 75th anniversary of the renovation of the hall’s iconic 1863 Walcker/1947 Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.  Wednesday evening concerts continue through the end of August, and events are live-streamed and archived at mmmh.org.

One additional young soloist, Marshall Joos, was also part of this showcase.  Unfortunately, the evening’s presentation ran longer than could be accommodated in this broadcast.  Marshall’s May 25 performance will be included in a PIPEDREAMS broadcast in September (watch for it), and you can enjoy his previous Methuen appearance, with his sister Shaylen, here.

Methuen Showcase Performers
Michael Barone with the great lineup of talent at last night’s Pipedreams Live! Showcase at Methuen: Marshall Joos, Andrew Byers, Savannah Curro, Ryan Slocum, Nathan Dale Barcelona and David M. Kenney, Jr.
Richard Ouellette

PIPEDREAMS is supported in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Wesley C. Dudley by their family, by grants from Walter McCarthy, Clara Ueland, and the Greystone Foundation, the Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund of the HRK Foundation, by Jan and Steve Kirchner, and by listener-contributors to this public radio station.  Additional support comes from Muller Pipe Organ Company of Croton, OH, and Parsons Pipe Organ Builders of Canandaigua, NY, members of APOBA, the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, a collaborative of designers, creators, and maintainers of pipe organs found in religious and educational institutions, concert halls, and residences throughout the United States and beyond.  A resource guide and member prospectus is available at APOBA.COM.