Grand Organ Series V: Chelsea Chen

Saturday, March 23, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In the fifth of six Grand Organ recitals, Chelsea Chen plays the Miller-Scott Organ. “…Chelsea played with confidence, style, and imagination at a level that many older performers would surely envy…The [organ’s] future is in the hands [of] players such as Chelsea Chen who not only perform exceptionally well but also compose for the organ and encourage other friends of their generation to write for it too.” - Michael Barone. No tickets required. Donation requested.

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

‚ÄúChen ‚Ķ 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 ‚Ķ not all organists have her delicacy ‚Ķ her ability to paint a line with a poetic brush stroke before ‚Äì or after ‚Äì she lets rip.‚Äù – Los Angeles Times

No tickets required. Donation requested.

Program:

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

Miroir
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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