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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 (Part 2)

They earned their gold, and you’ll hear why as this week’s show features prize-winners from Canada’s renowned Calgary International Organ Competition. Vincent Dubois surprised even himself, while the improvisations of Laszlo Fassang, the deft playing of Canadian music by Jonathan Oldengarm, Iveta Apkalna’s Bach, and Clive Driskill-Smith’s excellent ensemble guaranteed these artists a share in some of the best money a young organist can earn.

We share their musicianship, and their moments of glory with you, in the second of three broadcasts in a series of Calgary Festival Highlights. Don’t miss a note of it, they won’t.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • February 17, 2003

Music played in the program

THOMAS AUGUSTINE ARNE: Organ Concerto Number 5 in g –Clive Driskill-Smith, organ - $25,000 Concerto Gold Medal; Festival Chamber Orchestra, Roy Goodman, conductor

LASZLO FASSANG: Improvisations: Four Strong Winds; Tierce en taille; Introduction & Toccata on Themes by William Bolcom –Laszlo Fassang - $25,000 Improvisation Gold Medal

BARRIE CABENA: Organ Sonata Number 42, Opus 352 –Jonathan Oldengarm - $3,000 RCCO Prize

MAURICE DURUFLÉ: Scherzo, Opus 2 –Clive Driskill-Smith - $3000 Duruflé Prize

WILLIAM ALBRIGHT: Jig for the Feet/Totentanz, from Organ Book III –Jonathan Oldengarm - $3000 Encore Prize

MAX REGER: Benedictus, Opus 59, number 9. MARCEL DUPRÉ: Final, from Evocation, Opus 37 –Vincent Dubois - $25,000 Recital Gold Medal

All performances were recorded by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in August 2002 at Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall (1987 Casavant organ).