Erik Suter, Sunday, January 18, 2015, 3:00 p.m. — Grace Lutheran

ErikSuter
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church
22nd & Washington
Lincoln, Nebraska
Casavant Organ

Erik Wm. Suter, a native of Chicago, served as organist at Washington National Cathedral from 1998 to 2007. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University, where he studied with Haskell Thomson and Thomas Murray respectively. He has held positions at Trinity Church, Copley Square, and at the Parish of All Saints, both in Boston; and at Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut.

Suter maintains an active solo recital schedule. He has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Japan, as well as several European countries. He has performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. As a continuo artist, he has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra.

Suter won first prize in the 1993 Chicago American Guild of Organists Young Organist’s Competition; the Gold Medal of the Mayor of Musashino/Tokyo in the 1996 International Organ Competition Musashino in Japan; first prize in the 1997 Yale Biennial Organ Competition. He was a two-time finalist in the prestigious AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Playing. He has been heard on the nationally syndicated Minnesota Public Radio showPipedreams and has recorded for the JAV Recordings, Gothic, and Pro Organo labels.
Single tickets are available at the door:
Regular Admission $20
Senior $15
Youth 18 & under—FREE!
Students with current student ID—FREE

Isabelle Demers, Sunday, November 2, 2014, 3:00 p.m. — First Presbyterian

Sunday, November 2, 2014 First Presbyterian Church 17th & F Streets Lincoln, Nebraska Reuter/Aeolian-Skinner Organ — Rueter Opus 2211
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
17th & F Streets
Lincoln, Nebraska
Reuter/Aeolian-Skinner Organ — Rueter Opus 2211

Isabelle Demers is Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas, where she teaches applied organ and courses in the organ curriculum. A native of Québec, she is rapidly becoming recognized as one of North America’s most virtuosic organists. Her concert at the 2010 national convention of the American Guild of Organists, in Washington, D.C., was received with great acclaim not only by critics, who deemed it “one of the most outstanding events of the convention” (The American Organist), but also by the standing-room-only audience, which called her back five times. A review of her concert for the joint ISO-AIO convention in 2010 said that “she enchanted the entire audience with her virtuoso performance,” leaving the entire congress in an atmosphere of “Demers fever.”

She began piano and organ study at age eleven at the Montréal Conservatory of Music. After graduation in 2003 she studied on scholarship for a year in Paris at the École Normale de Paris-Alfred Cortot. She received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City, where she studied with Paul Jacobs.

Recent engagements include the cathedrals of Cologne and Regensburg in Germany, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Royal Opera House of Muscat, Oman, as well as major universities and concert halls in the United States, among them Davies Hall (San Francisco), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Wanamaker Organ (Philadelphia), Yale University, and the Eastman School of Music. Highlights of her 2013-2014 season include the rededication of the Royal Festival Hall organ (London, UK), concerts at Longwood Gardens (PA), Rockefeller Chapel-University of Chicago (IL), Cincinnati Museum of Art (OH), Cathedral of the Madeleine (UT), Palais Montcalm (Quebec City), as well as tours in Australia/New Zealand and Germany next summer.

Her debut recording on British label Acis was met with critical acclaim. On a recent broadcast of Pipedreams,presenter Michael Barone featured the Fugue from Reger’sOp. 73, describing it as “a masterful score, here masterfully played,” and Isabelle Demers as, “definitely a talent to watch, to hear” The RSCM’s Church Music Quarterly awarded the “exciting, expressive and successful” recording its highest recommendation for its “profound and searching” performances. Fanfare Magazineproclaimed the “superbly produced” and “clear, tightly focused recording” with its “brilliantly played program.” Her second disc, featuring the organ works of Rachel Laurin, was released in June 2011, and her recording of Max Reger’s Seven Chorale-Fantasias in November 2012. Her most recent CD, Bach, Bull, and Bombardes (Pro Organo), was released in May 2013, and includes works of Bach, Bull, Reger, Widor, Tremblay, Mendelssohn, Daveluy, and Thalben-Ball.
Single tickets are available at the door:
Regular Admission $20
Senior $15
Youth 18 & under—FREE!
Students with current student ID—FREE

This concert is in collaboration with First Presbyterian’s Arts for the Soul series.
Isabelle Demers will conduct a church music workshop Saturday, November 1 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church.

Program

Cortège Académique
Ernest Macmillan (1893-1973)

Scherzo and Nocturne, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), trans. Demers

Sonata #2 op. 60 in d minor
Max Reger (1873-1916)
Improvisation
Invocation
Introduction und Fuge

intermission

Allegro Appassionato, from Sonata for Organ op. 80 #5
Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

Trio-Sonata #2 BWV 526 in c minor
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Vivace
Largo
Allegro

Variations on “That Good Ol’ Baylor Line” for solo pedal op. 72
Rachel Laurin (b. 1961)

David Higgs:
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
First Plymouth

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Sunday, October 19, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
First Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC)
20th & D Streets
Lincoln, Nebraska
Schoenstein Organ — Opus 126

One of America’s leading concert organists, David Higgs is also Chair of the Organ Department at the Eastman School of Music. He performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and has inaugurated many important new instruments including St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Vienna; the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas; St. Albans Cathedral, England; St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, Ireland; and the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City. His performances with numerous ensembles have included the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Orpheus Ensemble, Chanticleer, and the Empire Brass. Since his 1987 debut with the San Francisco Symphony, he has played many Christmas concerts to capacity audiences at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, and in recent years, he has continued this tradition at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Higgs performs, teaches, and adjudicates at festivals and competitions throughout the world, including the International Organ Festivals and Competitions of Bremen, Germany; the Leipzig Bach Competition, Germany; Calgary, Canada; Dublin, Ireland; Odense, Denmark; Varzi, Italy; Redlands and San Anselmo, California; and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. In England he has appeared several times at the Oundle International Festival and Organ Academy, the St. Albans International Festival and Competition, and the Cambridge Summer Festival. In 2013 he will be on the jury for the Xavier Darasse International Competition in Toulouse, France, and will play an all-Bach recital for the composer’s birthday in Izumi Hall, Tokyo. His performances for colleagues include national, regional and pedagogy conventions of the American Guild of Organists, as well as national conventions of the American Pipe Organ Builders Association, the American Institute of Organbuilders, the Westfield Center, and the Organ Historical Society; and in London, the Annual Congress of the Incorporated Association of Organists, and the International Congress of Organists.

A native of New York City, Mr. Higgs held his first position as a church organist at age ten; as a teenager, he performed classical music as well as rock, gospel, and soul music. He earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. His teachers have included Claire Coci, Peter Hurford, Russell Saunders, and Frederick Swann. In New York City, he was Director of Music and Organist at Park Avenue Christian Church, and later Associate Organist of the Riverside Church, where he also conducted the Riverside Choral Society. After moving to San Francisco in 1986, he became Director of Music and Organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, Director of Church Music Studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, and Organist/Choir Director at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco.

In addition to his significant performing career, Mr. Higgs has distinguished himself as a pedagogue. He was appointed to the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music upon graduation from that institution, and has been a member of the faculty of the Eastman School of Music since 1992. His students have won prizes in prestigious international competitions, and hold important positions in leading academic and religious institutions.

Higgs has recorded for Delos International, Pro Organo, Arsis, Loft, and Gothic records.
Single tickets are available at the door:
Regular Admission $20
Senior $15
Youth 18 & under—FREE!
Students with current student ID—FREE