The Grand Organ Series

Over the course of five recitals during the 2019-2020 season, Concerts at Saint Thomas presents the Grand Organ Series, featuring some of the most accomplished organists in the world. Each recital will feature the Irene D. and William R. Miller Chancel Organ in memory of John Scott, which was inaugurated in October 2018. These featured recitals last approximately one hour, each on a Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church

In the third of five recitals in the 2019-2020 Grand Organ SeriesNathan Laube plays The Miller-Scott Organ for the first time. Laube, “Once a ‘rising star,’ is now an international star, and his consummate musicianship is justifiably celebrated worldwide.” (The Tracker) His program, featuring some of his own transcriptions for organ, will present works of Wagner, Liszt and J.S. Bach.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church

In the fourth installment of the Grand Organ Series, American Fulbright Scholar, Joy-Leilani Garbutt presents the music of Jeanne Demessieux and les compositrices françaises. A culmination of her own research in France, Garbutt plays a program of rediscovered French organ music composed by Claude Arrieu, Elsa Barraine, Nadia Boulanger, and other women of the early 20th century.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church
In the last of the season’s Grand Organ Series recitals, Associate Organist Benjamin Sheen will explore the vast tonal range of the Miller-Scott organ in a unique program featuring music from his native England, including works inspired by one of the world’s most vibrant and revered cities. London has inspired a number of notable composers and this recital will feature brand new transcriptions of Edward Elgar’s ‘Cockaigne’ Overture, Eric Coates’ ‘London Suite’ and other works by C.H.H. Parry, Percy Whitlock and William Walton.

Past Recitals:

Saturday, October 19, 2019

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church

In the second of five Grand Organ recitals of the season, Concerts at Saint Thomas welcomes Christophe Mantoux, a past winner of the prestigious Grand Prix d’Interprétation at the Chartres International Organ Competition. Currently Organiste Titulaire at the Church of Saint-Séverin in Paris, Mantoux brings a Belle Époque program exploring the Parisian colors of The Miller-Scott Organ.

Friday, September 27, 2019

The William R. Miller Grand Organ Recital – Jeremy Filsell

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church

Marking the start of Jeremy Filsell’s tenure as the Nancy B. & John B. Hoffmann Organist and Director of Music, the 2019-2020 Grand Organ Series opened with a program reflecting the Saint Thomas legacy he inherits while highlighting some of the French twentieth century virtuoso repertoire for which he has become best known through international concerts and recordings.

You can listen to an on-demand webcast of this recital.