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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1993 C.B. Fisk organ at Caruth Auditorium, SMU
1993 C.B. Fisk organ in the Caruth Auditorium at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

The Dallas International Organ Competition 2000 (Part 1)

To play the organ is a challenge under any circumstance. Manipulating all of those keyboards and pedals and buttons really keeps you on the edge. Can you imagine what must it be like to play the organ in competition? Well, that’s more pressure than I could tolerate, but on our next Pipedreams program you’ll hear nine young artists put it on the line, for prizes of up to $30,000, and hardly bat an eye.

From the delicate tracery of a Bach Trio to the plangent passion of a contemporary toccata, young musicians go for the gold at the world’s most beneficent battle for organists. From the Caruth Auditorium and the Meyerson Symphony Center, it’s the Dallas International Organ Competition 2000, Part One, this week on Pipedreams.

Program Broadcast dates:

Music played in the program

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Toccata in d –Martin Welzel (1993 C.B. Fisk/Caruth Auditorium, SMU, Dallas, TX)

J.S. BACH: Trio Sonata Number 2 in c, S. 526 –Gunther Rost, Martin Welzel, Joel Bacon & Jeremy Joseph (1993 C.B. Fisk/Caruth Auditorium, SMU, Dallas, TX)

HERBERT HOWELLS: Rhapsody, Opus 17, number 2 –Joel Bacon (1993 C.B. Fisk/Caruth Auditorium, SMU, Dallas, TX)

J.S. BACH: Trio Sonata Number 5 in C, S. 529 –Tom Trenney, Yukiko Jojima, Teilhard Scott (1993 C.B. Fisk/Caruth Auditorium, SMU, Dallas, TX)

NICOLAS de GRIGNY: 3 verses of Pange linguaJames Diaz, Bradley Hunter Welch (1992 C.B. Fisk/Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX)

JEAN GUILLOU: Toccata –Gunther Rost (1992 C.B. Fisk/Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX)

Held every three years and in its second running in March 2000, the Dallas International Competition offers the largest dollar awards of any organ competition in the world. For further information, including biographies of winners and background of the competition, contact The Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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