PipeChat Digest #1227 - Saturday, January 15, 2000
 
"Some Dramatic Irony" or "What is the world coming to, anyway?".
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>
Chicago International Organ Festival 2000
  by "Cole Carroll" <CCole@fourthchurch.org>
Re: Chicago International Organ Festival 2000
  by "Alan Freed" <afreed0904@earthlink.net>
 



(back) Subject: "Some Dramatic Irony" or "What is the world coming to, anyway?". From: "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 09:17:19 -0600   While I was en route to doing something else, I was trying to remember the words of a song I used to sing in Sunday school, about the foolish man who built his house upon the sand, and the wise men who built his house upon the rock. Alas and alack, at the time there were a couple of lines I could not remember from the song (I have since looked it up), so I turned on the radio in the middle of a talk show on computers, wherein the host was describing how the processor chips are made for our PC's, and it occurred to me that the EFI control module in my vehicle, the computer I use when I post my little words of wisdom (I know; sometimes they are verrrrry little), the internet servers at your ISP and mine--are all made out of                       SAND!!!!    
(back) Subject: Chicago International Organ Festival 2000 From: "Cole Carroll" <CCole@fourthchurch.org> Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 10:41:24 -0600   The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago Inaugurates International Organ Festival   Presenting three internationally renowned organists from Germany, = United States and France, the 1st Chicago International Organ Festival * 2000 will be held February 20 - 22. Performing on Fourth Church's 126 rank Aeolian Skinner Sanctuary organ, the featured artists enjoy a world-class reputation for their stunning and imaginative improvisations.=20 The skill and art of improvisation belongs to a long musical tradition, often associated with music for the church. "Improvising" is the creation of a musical work as it is being performed. It can take it's shape in the embellishment (or ornamentation) of an already constructed musical form such as a single melodic line, a harmonized hymn tune or several contrasting tunes joined together to create a complete work. While mainly a keyboard phenomenon, this art form has remained particularly strong in France where the ability to improvise a dramatic piece has continued to be valued, in recitals as well as = church services. This style of music making is also well-known in the Jazz idiom. German born organist Wolfgang Seifen opens the festival on Sunday, February 20 at 3:00 p.m. He has served as organist and choirmaster of churches in Aachen and D=FCsseldorf and has held = teaching positions at the International Organ Academy in Toulouse and the University for Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. He is one of the founders of the Organ Academy for Improvisation and Liturgical Organ Performance in Altenberg. In 1995, he was appointed full professor at the Robert Schumann Conservatory for Improvisation and Liturgical Organ Performance in D=FCsseldorf. On Monday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m., American organist Bruce Neswick will perform. Widely recognized for his musical incisiveness, vitality and expressiveness, Mr. Neswick is Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at Washington National Cathedral and Director of the newly-formed Cathedral Girls' Choir. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in his native Washington state and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, he is one of America's major talents in the field of = organ performance. Known especially for his superb ability as an improvisateur, Neswick is a prolific composer of many works for the church and is in great demand as a choral clinician with the Royal School of Church Music. The final concert on Tuesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. will be played by Naji Hakim, probably the most well-known improviser living today. Hakim is Titular Organist at the Eglise de la Trinit=E9 in = Paris, where he succeeded Olivier Messiaen in 1993. From 1985 until 1993, he held the same post at the Basilica of Sacr=E9-Coeur in Paris. He is Analysis Professor at the Conservatoire National de Region de Boulogne-Billancourt and Visiting Professor of Organ, Improvisation, Analysis and Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He = has won numerous international competitions in organ and composition. His compositions and recordings are featured on several compact disc releases in performances both by himself and by others. Following each performance, you are cordially invited to an informal reception in Anderson Hall to greet the performers. Recordings by all three organists will be available for purchase.=20 Fourth Presbyterian Church is located at Michigan Avenue at Delaware Place. (Mailing address: 126 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2094.) Suggested donation for each concert is $15/$12 (seniors and students); $35/$25 for the entire series; $10 each concert for AGO members. For more information about the festival, contact C. Carroll Cole, Arts Administrator at 312.787.2729, ext. 252.   C. Carroll Cole Arts Administrator 312.787.2729, ext. 252 ccole@fourthchurch.org facsimile: 312.787.4584 http://www.fourthchurch.org      
(back) Subject: Re: Chicago International Organ Festival 2000 From: "Alan Freed" <afreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 12:57:51 -0500   > From: Cole Carroll <CCole@fourthchurch.org> > > The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago > Inaugurates International Organ Festival > > Presenting three internationally renowned organists from Germany, United > States and France, the 1st Chicago International Organ Festival * 2000   Carroll:   We certainly were not thrilled to see John Scherer leave St. Luke's, Manhattan.   But at the same time we're certainly not at all astonished to hear from = time to time of the wonderful things he's doing at Fourth Pres.   May the month of February be a splendid time for him, for you, and for all the people who'll enjoy the goings on.   Alan Freed St. Luke's Church, Manhattan