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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[John Weaver publicity photo from 1960]
John Weaver publicity photo from 1960

[John Weaver publicity photo from 1959 for a recital at McCurdy’s church]
John Weaver publicity photo from 1959 for a recital at Alexander McCurdy’s church.

[First photo for Colbert-LaBerge management at 5-manual Aeolian-Skinner, Curtis Institute 1959]
First photo for the Colbert-LaBerge management at 5-manual Aeolian-Skinner, Curtis Institute 1959

[John at Madison Ave. Presbyterian, 1970]
John at Madison Ave. Presbyterian, 1970

[John at Madison Ave. Presbyterian, 1975]
John at Madison Ave. Presbyterian, 1975

[John at the new Robert Turner console Curtis Institute of Music, 2000 - photo by Joseph Routon]
John at the new Robert Turner console Curtis Institute of Music, 2000 - photo by Joseph Routon

The Weaver’s Tale

…celebrate one of America's foremost veteran teachers, church musicians and recitalists with his own words and compositions.

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Click here for an interview written by Michael Barone with John Weaver from the April 2007 issue of The Diapason.

Audio Alexander McCurdy as legendary teacher.

Audio The challenges facing the travelling recitalist.

Audio From Curtis student to Curtis Organ Department Head.

Audio The challenges facing organists in the 21st Century.

Audio Looking back on an impressive career.

Audio A Family of musicians and the love of hymns.

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

JOHN WEAVER: Fantasia for Organ (1977) –John Weaver (1992 Schantz/East 91st Street Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN) Gothic 49060

WEAVER: 2 Anthems (Worship the Lord in the holy splendor; Prayer for Transfiguration Day) –Choir of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church; John Weaver (1962 Casavant-2000 Schantz/Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, NY) JAV 157

WEAVER: Partita on Kingsfold (I heard the voice of Jesus say) –John Weaver (1912 Austin/Merrill Auditorium, Portland, ME) Pipedreams Archive (r. 8/2/2005)

WEAVER: Anthem, Offer yourselvesMarianne Weaver, flute; Madison Avenue Presbyterian Choir/John Weaver, conductor. JAV 157

WEAVER: Passacaglia on a Theme by John DunstableJohn Weaver (1934 Aeolian-Skinner/Grace Episcopal Cathedral, San Francisco, CA) Pipedreams Archive (r. 6/28/84)

WEAVER: Concert Etude for Pedals Alone (1957) –Elizabeth Melcher (1998 Schantz/Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna, VA) CASA 0601

WEAVER: Epiphany AlleluiasChoir of Church of the Ascension & St. Agnes -Haig Mardirosian (2001 Letourneau/Church of the Ascension & St. Agnes, Washington, DC) CASA 0601

Hour 2

WEAVER: ToccataPatrick A. Scott (1965 Aeolian-Skinner+2013 Parkey/Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC) Raven 969

WEAVER: Prelude on Ellers (Savior, again to thy dear name we raise) –John Weaver (1962 Casavant/Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church) Bischoff &Vitacco GOONY

J. S. BACH: Lobe den Herren, BWV 650 –John Weaver (1992 Schantz/East 91st Street Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN) Gothic 49060

W. A. MOZART: Fantasy in f, K. 594. FRANZ LISZT: Ad Nos FantasyJohn Weaver (1951 Aeolian-Skinner/Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New York, NY) King of Instruments AS320

GIAN CARLO MENOTTI: Ricercare (1984) –John Weaver (1934 Aeolian-Skinner/Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA) Pipedreams 1001

WEAVER: Prelude on Sine Nomine (For all the saints) –John Weaver (1995 Reuter/University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/6/2000)

John Weaver served simultaneously on the faculties of the Juilliard School in New York City and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. We celebrate and revisit him on the occasion of an important anniversary (born April 27, 1937).

This program is an expanded ‘encore’ release of material first aired as #0717 in April 2007.

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