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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1980 Sipe organ at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Minneapolis, MN][decorative stamp]
1980 Sipe organ at Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis, Minnesota

[1986 Kney organ at St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, Univ. of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota][decorative stamp]
1986 Kney organ at St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, Univ. of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota

[2005 Glatter-Gotz, Rosales organ at Augustana Lutheran Church, West Saint Paul, Minnesota][decorative stamp]
2005 Glatter-Götz, Rosales organ at Augustana Lutheran Church, West Saint Paul, Minnesota

Taking the Prize

…a stellar line-up of exceptional young players who have won important awards in recent national and international competitions.

Audio 1012 Complete Show 1 hr 58 min

Audio 1012 Hour 1 59:00 min

Audio 1012 Hour 2 59:00 min

Program Broadcast dates:

Links and Resources:

Interview Audio:

Audio Nathan Avakian tells about his unsettling experience with early piano lessons
Audio Nathan has interests beyond the theatre pipe organ


Music played in the program

Hour 1

LOUIS VIERNE: Allegro maestoso, First movement, from Organ Symphony Number 3, Opus 28 –Nathan Davy. CALVIN HAMPTON: At the Ballet & Everyone Dance, from Five Dances –Caroline Robinson (1972 Austin/First Church of Christ, Wethersfield, CT) Pipedreams Archive recorded June 14, 2009.

Mr. Davy and Ms. Robinson were winners of the 2008 Albert Schweitzer Competition.

NICOLAS de GRIGNY: Ave maris stella Versets. THIERRY ESCAICH: 5 Versets on Victimae PaschaliJoseph Ripka (1980 Sipe/Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded September 10, 2006.

LOUIS VIERNE: Final, from Organ Symphony Number 5, Opus 47 –Joseph Ripka (2005 Glatter-Götz, Rosales/Augustana Lutheran, West Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded March 11, 2007.

In 2008, Mr. Ripka took three First Prizes, at the Dublin International Competition, the Fort Wayne Competition, and the San Marino/Elftmann International Competition.

Filler –LOUIS VIERNE Final, from Symphony #5, Joseph Ripka at St. Andrew’s Lutheran, Mahtomedi, recorded September 23, 2007

Hour 2

BRUCE HEALEY: Fantasmic! RANDY NEWMAN: When she loved me. HARRY WARREN: 42 nd Street Medley. LOUIS VIERNE: Carillon de Longpont, Opus 31, number 21 –Nathan Avakian (Wurlitzer/Gig Harbor, WA) Pipedreams Archive recorded March 8, 2009.

Nathan won the 2009 American Theatre Organ Society Young Artist Competition.

HENRY BANCROFT: A Fancy. J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Allein Gott in der Höh, BWV 664. GASTON LITAIZE: Prelude, from Douze Pieces. JOSEF RHEINBERGER: Introduction & Passacaglia, from Sonata Number 8 in c, Opus 132 –Michael Unger (1987 Kney/St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded March 30, 2009.

Mr. Unger won the American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition and the Musashino International Organ Competition in 2008, and is featured in a new compact disc issued on Pro Organo CD 7235.

Filler –CALVIN HAMPTON (see above)


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