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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1965 Schlicker organ at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota]
1965 Schlicker organ at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

An American Organist’s Christmas

…composers and performers blend their talents in a melodious tribute to the holiday season.

Audio 0850 Complete Show 1 hr 28 min

Audio 0850 Part 1 30:04
Audio 0850 Part 2 12:48
Audio 0850 Part 3 33:19

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of December 15, 2008

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

Part 1

J.S. BACH: 2 Christmas Chorale-preludes: Vom Himmel hoch, S. 606; In dulci jubilo, S. 608. CLAUDE BALBASTRE: Noël, Tous le bourgeois de ChatreScott Carpenter (1800 Tannenberg/Old Salem Visitor Center, Salem, NC) Raven OAR-860

DIANE BISH: Carol Fantasy –Diane Bish (1990 Möller/Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC) Joy of Music 301

GERRE HANCOCK: Infant holy, infant lowlyChoir of Saint Thomas Church, John Scott, conductor; Jeremy Bruns (1956 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, NY) Pro Organo CD 7200

CLAUDE BALBASTRE: Noël, Ou s’en von ces gais bergersNancy Lancaster (1979 C.B. Fisk/House of Hope Presbyterian, Saint Paul, MN) HoH CD-201

Part 2

JOHN AYER (arranged): While shepherds watched their flocks –Memphis Chamber Choir and Memphis Boychoir, John Ayer, conductor; Kristin Lensch (1927 Kilgen; 1956; 1975 Schantz/Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Mary, Memphis, TN) Pro Organo CD 7169

LEO SOWERBY: A Prayer for Christmas –ConVivium Choir, John Delorey, conductor; Patricia Snyder (1932 Aeolian-Skinner/All Saint’s Episcopal, Worcester, MA) Albany TROY187

JOHN SCHWANDT: Improvisation, Rudolph…Hallelujah!John Schwandt (1998 C.B. Fisk/University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK) Pipedreams Archive recorded December 10, 2006

GUSTAV HOLST (arranged by Szeremany): In the bleak midwinter. TRADITIONAL: The show lay on the ground –Richard Szeremany (1930 Aeolian/Longwood Gardens, Dupont Estate, Kennett Square, PA) Heritage CD-522

Part 3

WILLIAM NEIL: 3 Christmas Carols: While shepherds watched; Away in a manger; Good Christian folk, rejoice!William Neil (1970 Aeolian-Skinner/National Presbyterian, Washington, DC) MSR Classics MS1153

PAUL MANZ: 4 Christmas Improvisations: To shepherds as they watched; Of the father’s love begotten; O Jesus Christ, thy manger is; Still, still, stillPaul Manz (1965 Schlicker/Mount Olive Lutheran, Minneapolis, MN) Manz Music CD-933

KEITH CHAPMAN: Bring a torch, Jeannette Isabella. TRADITIONAL (arranged by Dragon & Peter Richard Conte): O Tannenbaum. TRADITIONAL (arranged by Peter Richard Conte): Deck the hallPhiladelphia Brass Ensemble; Peter Richard Conte (1911 Wanamaker/Grand Court, Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia, PA) Gothic G49264

Filler –Diane Bish (see above)