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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Chelsea Chen] [decorative stamp]
Chelsea Chen

[Marilyn Keiser][decorative stamp]
Marilyn Keiser

[Isabelle Demers] [decorative stamp]
Isabelle Demers

[Christa Rakich] [decorative stamp]
Christa Rakich

[Cindy Castillo] [decorative stamp]
Cindy Castillo

[Sandra Soderlund] [decorative stamp]
Sandra Soderlund

Women at Work

…a focus on female practitioners of the organ art, featured as recital soloists and composers (sometimes simultaneously).

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1301 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1301 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of January 7, 2013

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

Hour 1

JOHN WEAVER: Toccata. CHELSEA CHEN: Taiwanese Suite (2003). MARCEL DUPRÉ: Prelude & Fugue in g, Op. 7, no. 3 –Chelsea Chen (2003 Blackinton/Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 10/8/10)

HENRY MARTIN: Preludes & Fugues (No. 6 in f#; No. 5 in A) –Isabelle Demers (2005 Glatter-Götz-Rosales/Augustana Lutheran Church, West Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 11/5/10)

LOUIS VIERNE: Impromptu (No. 2), fr Pieces de fantasie, Op. 54. STEPHEN PAULUS: Blithely Breezing Along, fr Baronian SuiteMarilyn Keiser (2005 Dobson/Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA) Pipedreams Archive (r. 11/5/11)

Hour 2

CRAIG PHILLIPS: Prelude on NeumarkMarilyn Keiser (1994 Goulding & Wood/Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleand) Pro Organo 7067

PAUL HINDEMITH: Organ Sonata No. 1 –Christa Rakich (1965 Flentrop/St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, WA) reZound 5005

BENOIT MERNIER: ToccataCindy Castillo (1997 Kern/Kitara Concert Hall, Sapporo, Japan) SCH 2009

MARY BETH BENNETT: Chant MystiqueSusan Barrett, English horn; Alison Luedecke (1993 Ott/St. Brigid's Catholic Church, San Diego, CA) Millennia Consort 2004

LEO SOWERBY: Anthem, I was gladChoir of St. Thomas Church/Gerre Hancock, director; Judith Hancock (1956 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Thomas Church, NYC) Priory 629

HERBERT BIELAWA: Preludes on Lobe den HerrenSandra Soderlund (1964 Aeolian-Skinner/Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL) Albany 374


The Paulus selection, commissioned in 2008 and premiered by Dr. Keiser at the national AGO convention that summer, was intended as one movement among many in a 'Baronian Suite' dedicated to Michael Barone, host-producer of PIPEDREAMS. Thus far, Blithely Breezing Along remains alone, but should you wish to consider commissioning a companion, do contact the composer directly at stephenpaulus.com! :-)

Note also that on January 19, 2013, Isabelle Demers plays the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Pipe Organ (by Dobson) in Philadelphia's Verizon Hall, and appears onstage with Michael Barone in a pre-concert conversation. Barone also interfaces with Jan Kraybill on January 16, 2013 at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City, MO, and with students from the Juilliard School Organ Studio of Paul Jacobs on January 22, 2013 at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. We hope to see you in the audience at these venues!

[Judith Hancock]

Judith Hancock