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CSU Organ Week returns to campus

June 4, 2013

Nightly concerts feature the Fort Collins Symphony and three renowned guest artists.

CSU is proud to host Organ Week, a summer music camp and organ festival taking place the second week of June.

Organ weeks have a long history at CSU since the years when Professor Robert Cavarra invited organists such as Marie-Claire Alain, Luigi Tagliavini, E. Power Biggs, and Anton Heiller to give week long courses to capacity audiences. The festivals brought organ students from across the country, ideas were exchanged, insights were made, and great music filled the city!

For the first time since the 1990s, Organ Week returns to the CSU campus with events and instruction taking place on the finest pipe organs in northern Colorado, including CSU's celebrated Casavant organ. Led by a faculty of prominent concert and church organists, guest artists include Joel Bacon (CSU), Joyce Jones (recently retired from Baylor University) and James David Christie (Oberlin).

Nightly concerts

From June 10-13, the community is enthusiastically invited to nightly concerts, including guest artist solo recitals and an evening of organ concertos with the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney. The schedule of ticketed and free concerts is as follows:

Concertos for Organ and Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Monday, June 10
University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins

An evening of organ music with three internationally acclaimed soloists and the Fort Collins Symphony, conducted by Wes Kenney. Joyce Jones, professor emerita of Baylor University, performs Josef Rheinberger’s Organ Concerto no. 1 in F major, one of the most popular and tuneful organ concertos of the romantic era. James David Christie, professor of organ at Oberlin University and organist with the Boston Symphony, presents a pair of engaging works by two celebrated American masters of the 20th century: Walter Piston’s Prelude and Allegro for Organ and Strings and Daniel Pinkham’s Sonata I for Organ and Strings. The evening will also mark the 75th anniversary of Francis Poulenc’s gripping and dramatic Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings in G minor, performed by the CSU Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair of Organ and Liturgical Studies, Joel Bacon. 

A reception will follow the event. Tickets are $10 for CSU students and $20 for the public.

Joel BaconJoel Bacon, Organ
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2000 Stover St., Fort Collins

CSU’s Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair of Organ and Liturgical Studies, Joel Bacon, presents an evening of organ masterworks. The remarkable organ at St. Luke’s was built by Lawrence Phelps, who also designed the Casavant organ at CSU. Its colorful, rather French, aesthetic lends itself well to a program of great variety, featuring works by Dupré, de Grigny, Bovet…and Bach!

The event is free and open to the public.

Cavarra Organ Series Concert Featuring James David Christie
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 
University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins

James David ChristieJames David Christie is Chair and Professor of Organ at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, College Organist at Wellesley College and the Distinguished Artist in Residence at the College of the Holy Cross. In great demand as a recitalist, he performed last year in Iceland, Monaco, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Estonia. Widely respected for his work in early music, Dr. Christie has performed with many period instrument orchestras, including the Academy of Ancient Music, the Bach Ensemble, Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and others. He is also Music Director of Ensemble Abendmusik, a Boston-based period instrument orchestra and chorus specializing in sacred music of the 17th and 18th centuries. His solo recital features music of the Baroque, performed on CSU’s magnificent Casavant organ, includes Bach’s monumental partita on Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, as well as Dr. Christie’s own transcription of a virtuoso Vivaldi concerto.

A reception will follow the event. Tickets are $7 for CSU students, $12 for the public, and $1 for youth under 18.

Joyce Jones, OrganJoyce Jones
7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13
First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover St., Fort Collins

Joyce Jones is one of the most recognized and beloved concert organists in America. Her career has taken her to 48 states and 12 foreign countries, with recitals in places such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Mormon Tabernacle, and Chartres Cathedral, and as soloist with orchestras such as the San Francisco and Dallas Symphonies. Although she retired in 2012 as chair of organ at Baylor University, she continues to maintain a busy performing and teaching schedule — “making friends for the organ,” as she says. Her recital on the elegant Marcussen organ of First United Methodist Church includes the Chorale in B Minor by César Franck and the Variations on a Noël by Marcel Dupré. Known for her charm, humor, and legendary virtuosity, the concert will be a delightful finale to the 2013 CSU Organ Week.

The event is free and open to the public.

Learn more

High school students interested in attending the Organ Week camp, sponsored by Home State Bank, from June 10-14 can find more information about registration on the camp website.

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