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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Michael Barone preparing remarks at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester, NY]
Michael Barone preparing remarks at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester, NY.
Click on the photo to see other pictures from this weekend’s events.

Pipedreams Live! in Rochester (Part 1)

…performances by students and faculty of the Eastman School of Music during a remarkably popular and successful weekend organ festival.

Audio 0942 Complete Show 1 hr 58 min

Audio 0942 Hour 1 59:00
Audio 0942 Hour 2 59:00

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of October 19, 2009

Links and Resources:

Interview Audio:

  • Audio David Higgs was the sole representative of the Eastman School Faculty at our Friday night concert at Sacred Heart Cathedral, and he explained the nickname given to the three-headed faculty ‘ensemble’ comprised of himself, Hans Davidson, and William Porter, who are corporately called “Fluffy”

Music played in the program

Hour 1

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Finale, from Organ Symphony Number 6 in g, Opus 42, number 2 –Benton Blasingame (2008 Fritts/Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Rochester, NY)

GASTON LITAIZE: Lied, from Douze PiecesLars Gjerde (2008 Fritts/Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Rochester, NY)

J.S. BACH: Fugue in D, BWV 532 –Amanda Mole (2008 Fritts/Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Rochester, NY)

STEPHEN KENNEDY: 3-3-33Hans Davidsson, David Higgs, and William Porter (2008 GoART Casparini/Christ Church Episcopal, Rochester, NY)

STEVEN SEIGART: Improvisation March –Steven Seigart (2008 GoART Casparini/Christ Church Episcopal, Rochester, NY)

JOHANN CHRISTIAN HEINRICH RINCK: Flute Concerto, 1st movement –Annie Laver (2008 GoART Casparini/Christ Church Episcopal, Rochester, NY)

COLE PORTER: It’s d ’LovelyJonathan Ortloff, organ; Allan Ward, drums (1928 Wurlitzer/Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY)

Filler –GASTON LITAIZE (see above)

Hour 2

JOHANNES BRAHMS: Prelude & Fugue in a –Thatcher Lyman (2008 Fritts/Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Rochester, NY)

LOUIS VIERNE: Scherzo, from Organ Symphony Number 5 in A, Opus 47 –Brett Judson (2008 Fritts/Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Rochester, NY)

LOUIS VIERNE: Final, from Symphony Number 6 in b, Opus 59 –David Baskeyfield (2008 Fritts/Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Rochester, NY)

MAX REGER: Trios –Malcolm Matthews (2008 GoART Casparini/Christ Church Episcopal, Rochester, NY)

FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Sonata in f, Opus 65, number 1, movements 3 & 4 –David Higgs (2008 GoART Casparini/Christ Church Episcopal, Rochester, NY)

Filler –JONATHAN ORTLOFF: Grey SkiesJonathan Ortloff (1928 Wurlitzer/Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY)

 

This past winter, February 13-14-15, the Eastman-Rochester Organ Initiative, EROI, the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Rochester Theatre Organ Society and public radio station WXXI-91.5FM collaborated in a three-day organ orgy with Pipedreams host Michael Barone. Capacity audiences attended events featuring two new instruments, the 2008 Fritts organ at Sacred Heart Cathedral and the 2008 GoART Casparini Project organ at Christ Church Episcopal, along with a well-attended afternoon extravaganza at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre. This is the first of two programs derived from those weekend events. Mr. Ortloff’s performances are available on CD from his website.