Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
After sixty years as a church musician, Frederick Swann is hanging up his organ shoes. We celebrate his art as he reminisces about his life experiences.
He came to prominence first as organist at the Riverside Church in New York City. This week, we’ll review the remarkable career of Frederick Swann, one of the most highly regarded American organists, as he reflects on his sixty-year career in the spotlight. In music by Franck and Farnam, Clarence Dickinson and some of his own compositions, we’ll hear Fred at Riverside, the Crystal Cathedral and First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, all churches with pipe organs of more than 200 stops each.
Even as a kid he knew what he wanted to do, and has done it masterfully a life fully lived Frederick Swann. Tune in for his Swann Song, with every verse an adventure.
Fred Swann began his career at the age of 10. He has presided over three of the largest church pipe organs in America and has played recitals throughout the world. He serves as president of the American Guild of Organists.
FREDERICK SWANN: Let the whole creation cry. Trumpet Tune. Prayer. The Unchanging God –Crystal Cathedral Choir, Frederick Swann, conductor (1962 Aeolian-Skinner; 1977 Ruffatti/Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, CA) Gothic G49048