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 FIFTEENTH ANNUAL ORGAN CONCERT SERIES, 2018-2019

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  • The concerts are free and open to the public
  • Concerts begin at 4:00 p.m., doors open at 3:00 p.m. 
  • Performances generally last 90 minutes with a short intermission
  • You are cordially invited to a reception to meet the artist immediately following each concert

Thomas Heywood

October 14, 2018

Organ virtuoso Thomas Heywood enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of the world’s finest concert organists. He has an ever-growing repertoire of over 5,000 works and was the first Australian musician in history to make a living as a professional concert organist. Also a talented and prolific transcriber, Heywood’s published solo concert organ arrangements of the most famous classical and romantic music are performed by organists around the world. Heywood performs regular international solo tours in concert halls, town halls, cathedrals and churches throughout the UK, North America and Europe. In addition to his work as a concert artist, in 2011 he became the Founding President and Australian National Director of the Australian and New Zealand College of Organists. As a teacher, he is on staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. Heywood is also Organist and Director of Music of St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Brighton – one of Australia’s oldest and most famous churches. Not confined to the “organ world,” Heywood’s phenomenal success in reaching out to the vast concert-going public has made the critics boast that he “reincarnates Edwin H. Lemare,” the greatest concert organist of the twentieth century.

Eric Plutz

January 20, 2019

Eric Plutz is University Organist at Princeton University, where his responsibilities include playing for weekly services at the Chapel, Academic Ceremonies, and solo concerts. He coordinates the weekly After Noon Concert Series at the University Chapel, is Lecturer in Music and Instructor of Organ at Princeton University, maintains a private studio, and is Dean of the Central New Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In addition, Mr. Plutz is rehearsal accompanist for the Westminster Symphonic Choir at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and Princeton Pro Musica, both in Princeton, NJ. In 2016 Mr. Plutz also received the Alumni Merit Award from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. As an organ concert soloist, Mr. Plutz, who “performs with gusto, flair, clarity, and strong yet pliant rhythmic control,” has accepted engagements in distinguished locations across the United States and abroad, including regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and Organ Historical Society. His playing has been broadcast on “With Heart and Voice,” “Pipedreams,” and “the Wanamaker Organ Hour.”

Bálint Karosi

March 31, 2019

Bálint Karosi, composer and organist, has won first prizes at the J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, the Dublin and Miami International Organ Competitions, the Improvisation Competition of the University of Michigan and was the recipient of the 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship for composition by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His compositions have been performed by the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Spectrum Symphony of New York, the New Hungarian Music Society (UMZE), and many others. Bálint has completed his doctoral studies in composition at Yale University. He holds a Master’s degree and an Artist Diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory, two Master’s degrees from the Liszt Academy in Budapest (in clarinet and organ performance), and two Prix de Virtuosités from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève in Switzerland. He regularly gives concerts in the United States and in Europe and masterclasses on improvisation and hymn playing.

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.

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.

Summary

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