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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1987 Casavant at Jack Springer Concert Hall
1987 Casavant organ at Jack Singer Concert Hall

Calgary Festival Highlights

They are fleet of foot and finger, and are the hope for our future. This week, revel in the talent of an international array of soloists, recorded during one of the world’s most prestigeous contests for young players. You may already know about Bach and Widor, even Messiaen, Middleschulte and Calvin Hampton. But soon you’ll know why they applauded mightily for Christian Schmitt, Hyun Jung Kim, Eva Bublova and Cameron Carpenter.

Prizes of up to $25,000 were offered. Can you pick the winners. Tune in for Part 1 of 3 in a series of Calgary Festival Highlights.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • February 10, 2003

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

LEO SOWERBY: Pageant. WILHELM MIDDELSCHULTE: Perpetuum mobile for Pedals Alone –Cameron Carpenter, USA, recorded May 8, 2002

CALVIN HAMPTON: Prayer and Alleluias –John Schwandt, USA, recorded May 9, 2002

LOUIS VIERNE: Impromptu, from Fantasy Pieces, Opus 54. FRANK MARTIN: Passacaglia –Siu-Wai Ng, Hong Kong, recorded August 10, 2002

J.S. BACH: Prelude and Fugue in D, S. 532 –Laszlo Fassang, Hungary, recorded August 11, 2002

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Andante sostenuto, from Organ Symphony Number 9. Leoš Janáček: Postludium, from Slavonic Mass –Eva Bublova, Czech Republic, recorded August 9, 2002

THIERRY ESCAICH: Variation sur un Souvenir, from Trois Esquisses –Hyun Jung Kim, Korea, recorded August 10, 2002

OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Dieu parmi nous, from La Nativité du Seigneur –Christian Schmitt, Germany, recorded May 11, 2002

Messrs. Carpenter, Schmitt and Schwandt were recorded at Spivey Hall of Clayton College in Morrow, Georgia (1992 Ruffatti/Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA). All others performed in the Jack Singer Concert Hall of the Calgary Center for the Performing Arts (1987 Casavant Frères). Thanks to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for collegial support!