In April, Music at Saint Pauls and the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organist showcase graduate students from the prestigious Eastman School of Music.

 

April 10th concert will be performed on the historic landmark Aeolian-Skinner organ at Saint Pauls Episcopal Church accompanied by The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

 

Works for this concert will include C. P. E. Bach, Francis Poulenc, and Josef Rheinberger. Performance benefits the Ann Stookey Fund for Music at Saint Pauls, established in 2012 to provide for the maintenance and renovation of St. Paul’s organ.

Rarely does a discerning lover of the pipe organ have the opportunity to hear three full-scale organ concerti in a single program.  On Sunday April 10th at 5:00pm, graduate students from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester will present a program of works by three composers, spanning almost 200 years.  The G major organ concerto (1755) of C.P.E. Bach, Josef Rheinberger’s 1894 organ concerto in g minor, and Francis Poulenc’s concerto in g minor for organ, timpani, and strings (1938), offer between them a span of music in this genre from the classical, baroque and modern periods. Tickets can be ordered at http://stpaulschestnuthill.org/organists-of-eastman/

The instrument on which these concerti will be played is well suited to showcase the variety of voices and colors that characterize their range of musical styles.  The 1956 Aeolian-Skinner organ at Saint Paul’s was the last to be completed by G. Donald Harrison, famed tonal director of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company of Boston, MA.  Its 110 ranks of pipes, playable over nine divisions, are capable of emulating hundreds of sounds familiar to composers from the 18th century to the present day.  In the words of Caroline Robinson, one of the soloists in this concert, “This organ serves as a teacher … when you are bringing different repertoire to it, you are challenged to make it sound as authentic as possible, but also to show off the colors of the instrument.”

The three young soloists are students at one of the leading conservatories for organ performance in the nation, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where students undergo rigorous training for a wide variety of careers as performers, teachers, and church musicians.  All three study under David Higgs, and have received between them an impressive array of awards and prizes.  Caroline Robinson is familiar to local pipe organ aficionados, from her days as an undergraduate at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and is well acquainted with the instrument at Saint Paul’s after three years spent as the parish’s inaugural Organ Scholar.  Adam Detzner earned his B.A. in Music from Stanford University, and spent a year as Organ Scholar at Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston.  Brian Glikes has also held several positions as a church musician, and earned a Master of Music degree from Emory University in Atlanta.  He expects to receive his doctorate from Eastman in 2017.

Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Ann Stookey Fund for Music at Saint Paul’s, which provides endowed support for the ongoing maintenance and renovation of this landmark instrument.  Established in 2012 to honor the memory of a much-loved Saint Paul’s parishioner, the Fund was set up with $500,000 raised from Ann Stookey’s family and friends.  Specific plans to utilize the Fund for working on major cleaning and renovation of the organ are currently under review.

Admission is $20, tickets available online or at the door.  Saint Paul’s is wheelchair accessible and within easy distance of SEPTA transportation.  22 East Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19118.

April 2016 Concert Details:

5:00 pm, Sunday, April 10

ORGANISTS OF EASTMAN
Caroline Robinson, Organist
Brian Glikes, Organist
Adam Detzner, Organist

22 East Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19118.

Tickets: http://stpaulschestnuthill.org/organists-of-eastman/

215.242.2055

PROGRAM

Organ Concerto in g minor, Op. 177    Josef Rheinberger (1839 1901)
Organ Concerto in G Major    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 1788)
Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in g minor Francis Poulenc (18991963)

SOLOISTS

Caroline Robinson, Organist

Originally from Greenville, SC, Caroline Robinson is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Alan Morrison. While at Curtis, she was the first to hold the position of Organ Scholar at Saint Paul’s Church in Chestnut Hill.  She commenced organ studies at age 12 under the tutelage of Adam Pajan and later studied extensively with Charles Tompkins (Furman University), Wilma Jensen (Nashville, TN), and Thomas Bara (Interlochen Center for the Arts). Caroline is a recipient of a grant from the J. William Fulbright fellowship fund. As a result of the grant, she spent the 2013-14 year studying at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Règional de Toulouse with Michel Bouvard (organ) and Yasuko Bouvard (harpsichord).

Caroline is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Organ Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, in the studio of David Higgs. As a young performer, Caroline has had the opportunity to play at several important venues in the U.S., including the famed Wanamaker organ at Macy’s (Philadelphia), Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Kauffman Center (Kansas City, MO), The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), and St. Thomas Fifth Avenue (NYC). Her playing has been broadcast on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams”, “Pipedreams LIVE!”, and Philadelphia-based public radio station 90.1 WRTI’s Wanamaker Organ Hour. She was recently a featured performer at the AGO Region III Convention in Pittsburgh, PA, and at the Organ Historical Society’s convention in the Pioneer Valley/Western Mass. Caroline is the First Prize winner of the 11th Annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival, which is held in Wethersfield, CT (2008) and in the Tenth Annual West Chester University Organ Competition (2010). In the summer of 2010, she attended the Oundle for Organists course in Oundle, England. At the culmination of the course, she was awarded five recitals at venues across England; she traveled to the UK to play four of these five recitals in October of 2011.

In addition to her work towards completing her Masters degree, Caroline currently serves as Assistant Organist at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, under the leadership of Director of Music Peter Dubois. She also holds the post of Executive Assistant for Organ Outreach within the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI). Through both of these roles, Caroline hopes to extend the reach of the pipe organ and its music, making it accessible to as many people as possible.

Brian Glikes, Organist

Brian Glikes is a doctoral student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music. An award winner at multiple competitions, he received first prizes at the Arthur Poister Organ Competition and the West Chester University Organ Competition, as well as second prizes at the Rodland Scholarship Competition and the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival. Brian has played recitals at Methuen Memorial Music Hall and Syracuse University, and has performed with the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble. Born and raised in Troy, N.Y., Brian was introduced to classical music and the organ as an undergraduate student in New England, and then went on to earn a master’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta.

His previous teachers include Douglas Marshall, John Russell, and Timothy Albrecht. As a church musician, Brian is the Director of Music at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fairport, N.Y., having previously been Organist at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Ga., and Organ Scholar at Christ Church in Hamilton, Mass.

Adam Detzner, Organist

Adam Detzner is a first year Master’s student at the Eastman School of Music, studying with David Higgs. His studies are generously supported by the Annette Cheek Smith Organ Scholarship. Adam came to Eastman after finishing a year as the inaugural recipient of the Association of Anglican Musicians / Anglican Musicians Foundation Sacred Music Internship Grant, working as Organ Scholar at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston. While at Trinity, he worked closely with Director of Music Richard Webster and Associate Director of Music Colin Lynch in all aspects of Trinity’s renowned music program.

In 2014, Adam graduated from Stanford University with distinction and departmental honors, earning a B.A. in Music (concentrations in organ and harpsichord performance) with a minor in Modern Languages (French and German). At Stanford, Adam’s primary teachers were Dr. Robert Huw Morgan (organ) and Elaine Thornburgh (harpsichord). Other organ teachers include Donald Sutherland, Dr. Kyle Babin, and Christian Lane. Adam performed as a “Rising Star” at the 2012 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Nashville, having won the RCYO/Quimby Competition for the former Region IX (West Coast) in 2011. He was also a featured performer at the 2014 National Convention of the National Pastoral Musicians Association in St. Louis. Adam presently serves as Organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Canandaigua, New York.

Music at Saint Pauls

The music ministry of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church exists to provide meaningful music for our community in the worship of God.

For over two thousand years, the Christian community has given thanks and expressed its faith through song, and Saint Paul’s is proud to continue in this dialogue. As an integral part of our worship, we believe that music draws us together as a community and offers us a means by which we can experience God’s grace. Saint Paul’s has a long tradition of fine music in the Anglican tradition and music continues to be a strength and priority at Saint Paul’s.

We hope that you will come experience transcendence through music at Saint Paul’s. It is our hope that our choirs and music will help lead you in prayer, inspire you to give thanks, and strengthen you to serve others each week.

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

A founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is a 33-member professional ensemble led by Music Director Dirk Brossé, a conductor and composer of international acclaim. For half a century, the Chamber Orchestra has earned a sterling reputation around the world for distinguished performances of repertoire from the Baroque period through the 21st century.

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has commissioned and premiered over 70 new works and has performed with such internationally acclaimed artists as Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Issac Stern, Rudolf Serkin, The Eroica Trio, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Elvis Costello, and Sylvia McNair, among others. In the fall of 2014, the Chamber Orchestra completed a successful national tour with Branford Marsalis.

The Chamber Orchestra performs from September through May in the Kimmel Center’s intimate, 600-seat Perelman Theater and performs one concert program each year in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall as well as selected concert

programs at Lincoln University. The Chamber Orchestra also performs with other musical ensembles throughout the region and travels regularly across the United States, Europe, and Israel.

Chamber Orchestra Music Director Dirk Brossé has made more than 60 CD recordings and has conducted in numerous world-famous concert halls, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Centre and the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Seoul Arts Center, the Tokyo Forum and the Concert Hall Shanghai.

The Chamber Orchestra always walks a fine line between creating an experience thats different from what goes on elsewhere in the Kimmel Center and something that wont alienate mainstream audiences. Music Director Dirk Brossé is so singular that, regardless of an individual concerts success, it wont be like anything else around.
– The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

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The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

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The Organ at Saint Paul’s

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The Ann Stookey Fund for Music at Saint Paul’s

http://stpaulschestnuthill.org/music/the-ann-stookey-fund-for-music/

Music at Saint Paul’s

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The American Guild of Organists, Philadelphia Chapter

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