PipeChat Digest #922 - Tuesday, June 15, 1999
RCCO Canadian Organ Festival July 19-23 -x-posted
  by <ndenton@cgocable.net>

(back) Subject: RCCO Canadian Organ Festival July 19-23 -x-posted From: ndenton@cgocable.net Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 01:56:21 -0400   I didn't have time to write this out properly so i just swiped it off the website. ;-)))   I'll see you all there.     Check out http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~renwick/english.htm     Canadian Organ Festival   Royal Canadian College of Organists Convention   July 19-23, 1999, Hamilton, Ontario   =20   The Canadian Organ Festival will take place in Hamilton, Ontario, from July 19th to 23rd, 1999. During this week-long event, Hamilton will play host to hundreds of organists, choir directors and other musicians from all across Canada, celebrating the best in Canadian organ and church music. This Festival embraces the 90th anniversary Convention of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.=20   Co-chairs of the Festival, Dr. William Renwick of McMaster University, and Simon Irving of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, are excited at the prospects. "With so many good musicians in Canada, we don't have to import recitalists to mount a first-class program. This is a great opportunity to celebrate our musical accomplishments as Canadians."=20   Six featured recitalists are announced, as follows: Denis B=E9dard (Qu=E9bec City), Kenneth Cowan (Thorold, presently at the Curtis Institute), Marc-Andr=E9 Doran (Montr=E9al), Genevi=E8ve Soly (Montr= =E9al), John Tuttle (Toronto), and Patricia Phillips Wright (Toronto). In addition there will be a total of twelve workshops and masterclasses, with artists including Karen Holmes (Ottawa), Edward Norman (Vancouver), David Palmer (Windsor), Christiaan Teeuwsen (Hamilton) and Mark Toews (Toronto).=20   Among highlights of the Festival will be a Gala concert for organ and full orchestra, and a cross-Canada recital, with ten organists stepping up to the console in turn--one from each province. Workshops and recitals each day will draw on the universal music repertoire, and two concerts will focus specifically on Canadian composers. Centenary United Church, with its magnificent Casavant organ, will be the setting for a festival performance of great Canadian hymns, arranged for brass band, choir and organ, and audience. The nationally-known Hamilton Children's Choir will perform in a unique concert of Canadian music that celebrates Canada.=20   The Royal Connaught Hotel in downtown Hamilton will be the Festival Centre, and events will be held at locations throughout the Region. Fifteen different organs will be used, as well as three historic intruments visited during the pre-convention tour. All of the concerts and workshops will be open to the public.=20   In keeping with the national stature of the event, the Festival will be bilingual. We are particularly fortunate here in Canada to share in the great French traditions of organ building, composition and performance, which will be highlighted in the Festival. Hamilton looks forward to welcoming delegates from across Canada and from other countries, as we celebrate Canada's great heritage of organs and music. Further program details will be announced as they become available.=20