Grand Organ Series V: Chelsea Chen

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Saturday, March 23, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saint Thomas Church

In the fifth of six Grand Organ recitals, Chelsea Chen plays the Miller-Scott Organ.

“Chen … plays French music (Dupre and Vierne) with lovely lyrical grandeur. But it [is] in her ability to make forbidding German organ music utterly engaging that Chen really stands out. On Sunday, Hindemith’s gray Organ Sonata No. 1 became not gray but kaleidoscopically colored and character-filled. A Chorale-fantasy by Max Reger was a fabulous rush of mad passion but never at the expense of eye-popping contrapuntal clarity … not all organists have her delicacy … her ability to paint a line with a poetic brush stroke before – or after – she lets rip.” - Los Angeles Times

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Joie et clarté des Corps Glorieux, from Les Corps Glorieux
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Taiwanese Suite (2003)
Chelsea Chen (b. 1983)

  • Hills in the Springtime
  • Moonlight Blue
  • Mountain of Youth

Ad Wammes (b. 1960)

Arise (2019) World Premiere
Julian Revie (b. 1978)

Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Chorale-Fantasy on ‘Hallelujah Gott zu loben, bleibe meine Seelenfreud!’ Op. 52, no. 3
Max Reger (1873-1916)

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Chelsea Chen, organ


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