Organ Concert Series


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Greg Zelek, organist
Sunday, October 30, 2016 @ 4:00pm

Praised for his “effortless facility on the instrument” (South Florida Classical Review), Greg Zelek is increasingly recognized as one of the most exciting young organists in the American organ scene. In addition to concertizing throughout the United States, he has performed with orchestras as both a soloist and ensemble member. In 2011, Greg performed Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and in 2012 played Strauss’s Alpine Symphony with the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall conducted by Semyon Bychkov. He was the organist in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Faust, and performed twice with the New World Symphony in 2014. His performance of Lukas Foss’ Phorion, under Michael Tilson Thomas, was videoed and recorded for later screening. Greg was recently featured as a guest soloist with the Ridgewood Symphony in New Jersey.

A native of Miami, Florida, Greg is a graduate student of Paul Jacobs at the Juilliard School, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music. Also at Juilliard, Greg was a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship, which covers full cost of attendance. He was the First Prize winner in both the 2012 Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition and the 2012 West Chester University Organ Competition, and was selected as a 2010 NFAA YoungArts Silver Medal Winner. He won First Prize, as well as the “Bach Prize,” at the East Carolina University Organ Competition, and was a prizewinner in the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival.

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Ken Cowan and Lisa Shihoten, organ/violin duo
Sunday, January 29, 2017 @ 4:00pm

Ken Cowan is Associate Professor and head of the organ program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston.  He maintains a full studio of organ students and is one of the most sought-after concert organists in North America. He has won numerous awards in the United States and Canada; he has been a featured artist at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.  He previously appeared on our concert series in October 2012.

Violinist Lisa Shihoten enjoys an active career as a chamber musician, recitalist and teacher. She has received top prizes and awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Marcia Polayes National Competition, and the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Competition. She has appeared with the ensemble Concertante, the American Chamber Players, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and has performed at numerous summer festivals including the Caramoor Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Verbier Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She regularly tours this country in duo recital with organist Ken Cowan.

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Tom Trenney, organist and conductor
Friday, March 31, 2017 @ 7:00pm Silent Film/Organ Improvisation Concert

Sunday, April 2, 2017 @ 4:00pm Hymn Festival led by Tom Trenney

Known for his engaging improvisations on hymns, submitted themes, silent films, scripture, poetry, and artwork, Tom Trenney became the first organist to be awarded First Prize and Audience Prize in the American Guild of Organists’ (AGO) National Competition in Organ Improvisation in 2006.
Tom has performed at Royce Hall (UCLA), the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall (Nashville), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Ocean Grove Auditorium (New Jersey), Portland Municipal Auditorium (Maine), Spreckels Organ Pavilion (San Diego), and Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center (Philadelphia); and has served as organist and clinician at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, National Association of Pastoral Musicians,  the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and the Calvin Institute of Worship.

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Robert Ampt and Amy Johansen, duo organists
Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Sponsored by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America for their 2017 Congress

Robert Ampt has been the Sydney City Organist since returning to Australia from Vienna, after four years of study with Anton Heiller.  He plays the famous Hill organ at the Sydney Town Hall and has written an extensive of that organ.  He is also Organist/Choirmaster of Sydney’s German Lutheran Church.
Amy Johansen is the Sydney University Organist and Honorary Carillonist.  Although her repertoire encompasses all periods of music, it was her first CD, The Embrace of Fire, devoted to the organ music of Naji Hakim, which initially brought her international acclaim.

We look forward to seeing you at one, or all, of these great performances! Performances are in the sanctuary at 1345 Grace Avenue at the corner of Grace and Observatory Avenues in Hyde Park.

*The concerts are free and open to the public.

*Doors open at 3:00pm (for Sunday concerts)

*Performances generally last 90 minutes with a short intermission.

*You are cordially invited to a reception to meet the artist immediately following each concert.

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Thank You to Our Donors

The Organ Concert Series at HPCUMC is committed to offering top-quality musical performances to the community without an admission price, but we need your help.  The series has been sustained solely through private donations and receives no assistance from the church budget.  If you have been blessed by this ministry of music, and if you share our mission of promoting excellent music on an excellent organ, played by some of the world’s finest concert organists, please consider giving a gift to The Organ Concert Series Fund.  Your contributions are tax-deductible and will enable us to continue to offer these concerts for many years to come.

Past Seasons of the Organ Concert Series

CCM Wind Ensemble with Brenda Portman & Michael Unger, Rachel Laurin, Stephen Tharp, David Baskeyfield

Jonathan Ryan, Christoph Bull, Huw Lewis

Jeannine & David Jordan (From Sea to Shining Sea multimedia presentation), Organized Rhythm (Clive Driskill-Smith and Joseph Gramley), Raúl Prieto Ramírez, The Canterbury Brass with Brenda Portman

Ken Cowan, Christian Lane, Janette Fishell

Frédéric Blanc, Michael Unger, Douglas Cleveland

Clive Driskill-Smith, Brenda Portman, Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Isabelle Demers

Christopher Houlihan, Anthony & Beard, Bradley Hunter Welch

Thomas Trotter, The Chenaults organ duo, Lynne Davis

Alan Morrison, New York Organ & Piano Duo (Daniel Sullivan, organ, and Jason Cutmore, piano), and Thierry Escaich

Vincent Dubois, Martin Jean, and Anthony & Beard (Gary Beard, organ, and Ryan Anthony, trumpet)

Stefan Engels, Olivier Latry, and Carol Williams

Pierre Pincemaille, Sonia Kim, and Paul Jacobs

Prior to 2004
Frederick Swann, David Higgs

Casavant Organ Specifications

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church Organ by Casavant Frères, Opus 3671 The organ at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church (Opus 3671) was built by Casavant Frères of Quebec, Canada. It was completed in 1990 and was first heard in a dedicatory recital given on September 25 of that year by organist and director of music, Mark Schaffer, who with his predecessors, Edwin Domb and Todd Wilson, assisted in the design of the instrument. Tonal designer was Jean-Louis Coignet. Final voicing was carried out by Yves Champagne. It was designed in the tradition of French organs to fulfill the dual role of Orgue de Choeur, an accompanimental organ for the choir in the chancel, and Grand Orgue, or main organ, speaking down the central axis of the nave from the gallery. The organ has 88 ranks of pipes – 63 in the gallery and 25 in the chancel – and is operated from a single four-manual console located in the chancel. It has a total of 4,843 pipes. Opus 3671 has been compared to other fine instruments built by Casavant Frères, including those in Saint Clement Church in Chicago and the Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Cap near Montreal.

In 2015, the organ celebrated its 25th birthday. Thanks to a generous gift from the estate of the late Dr. Olga Platz, a significant console technology upgrade was completed by Denis Blain of Casavant Frères in August 2015. During the upgrade project, the piston layout was reorganized by consolidating chancel and gallery divisional pistons and converting 11 unused divisional pistons into general pistons (for a new total of 19 generals). The organ’s memory was doubled from 32 to 64 levels, piston sequencing and manual transfer were added, and a set of chimes was installed in the gallery swell division. The improvements offer the organist much greater versatility and ease of playing across the entire breadth of organ repertoire up to and including the 21st century.

The complete specifications for the organ follow.

Gallery Grand Orgue (II): Violon 16 Montre 8 Flûte harmonique 8 Flûte à cheminée 8 Violon 8 Prestant 4 Flûte ouverte 4 Doublette 2 Cornet V Fourniture harmonique II-IV Plein Jeu IV Bombarde 16 Trompette 8 Trompette royale 8 (from solo) Grand Orgue Unisson Muet

Chancel Grand Orgue (II): Montre 8 Flûte à cheminée 8 Prestant 4 Flûte à fuseau 4 Flûte à bec 2 Cornet II Fourniture IV Grand Orgue Unisson Muet

Gallery Récit (III): Bourdon doux 16 Principal 8 Cor de nuit 8 Viole de gambe 8 Voix céleste 8 Octave 4 Flûte octaviante 4 Octavin 2 Plein Jeu V Basson 16 Trompette harmonique 8 Hautbois 8 Voix humaine 8 Clairon 4 Tremblant Récit Unisson Muet

Chancel Récit (III): Bourdon 8 Viole de gambe 8 Voix céleste 8 Principal 4 Flûte ouverte 4 Doublette 2 Plein Jeu IV Bombarde 16 Trompette 8 Tremblant Récit Unisson Muet Gallery

Positif (I): Bourdon 8 Salicional 8 Principal 4 Flûte douce 4 Nazard 2 2/3 Flageolet 2 Tierce 1 3/5 Piccolo 1 Clochette 1/3 (c: 2/3, c’: 1 1/3) Cymbale harmonique II-V Clarinette 8 Postif Unisson Muet Trompette royale 8 (from solo)

Gallery Solo (IV): Trompette royale 8, Chimes (Gt), Chimes (Ped)

Gallery Pédale: Principal 32 Montre 16 Violon 16 Soubasse 16 Bourdon doux 16 Flûte 8 Bourdon 8 Octave 4 Contre bombarde 32 Bombarde 16 Basson 16 Trompette 8

Chancel Pédale: Contre Bourdon 32 Bourdon 16 Octavebass 8 Bourdon 8 Octave 4 Bombarde 16 Trompette 8

Couplers: Gallery Grand Orgue / Pédale 8 Chancel Grand Orgue / Pédale 8 Gallery Récit / Pédale 8 Gallery Récit / Pédale 4 Chancel Récit / Pédale 8 Chancel Récit / Pédale 4 Gallery Positif / Pédale 8 Gallery Solo / Pédale 8 Gallery Récit / Grand Orgue 8 Chancel Récit / Grand Orgue 8 Gallery Positif / Grand Orgue 8 Chancel Récit / Positif 8 Gallery Grand Orgue / Positif 8 Gallery Récit / Positif 8 Gallery Grand Orgue / Solo 8 Chancel Grand Orgue / Solo 8 Gallery Récit / Solo 8 Chancel Récit / Solo 8 Gallery Positif / Solo 8 Gallery Organ ON-OFF Chancel Organ ON-OFF

Adjustable Combinations (Solid State, 64 memories, capture system)

General Pistons: 19, with piston sequencer

Divisional Pistons: G.O. (6), Récit (7), Pos. (6), Pedal (6)

Gallery: 44 Stops, 63 Ranks Chancel: 18 Stops, 25 Ranks Total: 4843 Pipes