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 FOURTEENTH ANNUAL ORGAN CONCERT SERIES, 2017-2018

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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

Jean-Baptiste Robin & Romain Leleu

October 29, 2017

Widely regarded as one of the most prominent and accomplished French organists and composers of his generation, Jean-Baptiste Robin is Organist of the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles and also serves as Professor of Organ at the Conservatoire a Rayonnement Regional in Versailles. In Europe, he has been a featured recitalist at well-known international organ festivals in Toulouse, Haarlem, Freiberg, Bonn-Beuel, Monaco, Porto, and in concert series in Dresden, Cologne, Geneva, Madrid, Timisoara, Coblenz, Schramberg, and Breda, among many others. He has also performed at the Sejong Cultural Center in Seoul, Korea, the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Musashino in Tokyo, Japan. He has recorded the complete works of Jehan Alain (Brilliant Classics label), Felix Mendelssohn (Triton label), Louis Marchand (Triton label), and Francois Couperin (Naxos label), as well as his own compositions (Naxos label).
French trumpeter Romain Leleu regularly appears as a soloist with the principal French national and regional orchestras, as well as other orchestras throughout Europe such as the Baltic Chamber Orchestra, the Slovak Sinfonietta, and the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a frequent guest at leading French and international music festivals, including the Radio France Montpellier Festival, Colmar International Festival Seoul Spring Festival, and the Hermitage St. Petersburg Theatre. He teaches trumpet at the Aubervilliers Regional National Conservatory.

Kola Owolabi

January 28, 2018

Kola Owolabi is Associate Professor of Organ at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has had an active career as a solo recitalist throughout North America, as well as international venues such as the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and Église du Bouclier in Strasbourg, France. He has been a featured performer for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, and has performed numerous concerts as organist and harpsichordist with the Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire and Firebird Chamber Orchestra, based in Miami, Florida. Dr. Owolabi is a published composer and has received commissions from the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. His solo organ composition Dance was selected for the Royal Canadian College of Organists National Competition in August 2013, and his choral works have been performed internationally by ensembles such as the Santa Cruz Chorale and the Nashville Chamber Singers. In 2002, Dr. Owolabi was awarded second prize and audience prize at the American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.

Renée Anne Louprette

April 15, 2018

Hailed by The New York Times as “splendid,” and “one of New York's finest organists,” Renée Anne Louprette has established an international career as organ recitalist, accompanist, conductor, and teacher. She is University Organist and Coordinator of the Organ Department at Rutgers University and Associate Director of Music and Organist of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City. In New York, she has appeared in Carnegie, Zankel, Avery Fisher, Alice Tully and Merkin Halls, and Miller Theatre of Columbia University. She has performed throughout Europe, the United States, and Australia, and has been a featured artist at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists. Her recording of the "Great Eighteen Chorales" of J. S. Bach on the Metzler Organ in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, England (Acis #58180) was named a classical music Critics' Choice 2014 by The New York Times.

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