Organ Manuals

Organ Recital

Jonathan Ryan

Jonathan RyanSunday, September 24, 2017
at 3:00 p.m.

Jonathan Ryan is a multi-prize winning organist. Lauded for his strong communicative skills in a variety of styles, exceptional use of the instrument’s capabilities, and bold programming, he has emerged as one of North America’s premier young concert artists. With a repertoire spanning the 16th to 21st centuries, he has performed at celebrated venues, festivals, and conventions throughout the North America and Europe. Mr. Ryan will present the complete Clavier-Übung III of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Nicole Simental

Nicole SimentalSunday, October 15, 2017
at 3:00 p.m.

Recently appointed Principal Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Saint Joseph Cathedral, Nicole Simental makes her debut performance on the Cathedral’s concert series. Winner of the Fourth International Goedicke Organ Competition at the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia and co-winner at the First Sursa American Organ Competition at Ball State University, Miss Simental began her duties at the cathedral last June.

David Briggs

David BriggsSunday, November 12, 2017
at 3:00 p.m.

One of the foremost Concert Organists of his generation, David Briggs enjoys a busy touring schedule that takes him all over the world. He has built a reputation as an exciting performer and communicator, with particular emphases on orchestral transcriptions and improvisation. Currently Artist-in-Residence at Saint James Cathedral, Toronto, David is also Organist Emeritus of Gloucester Cathedral, United Kingdom.

John Walker

John WalkerSunday, February 11, 2018
at 3:00 p.m.

Former President of the American Guild of Organists, John Walker is an American concert organist, choirmaster, and CD recording artist. Walker has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. He is “widely recognized for his flawless technique and execution as well as his controlled and passionate playing,” said Duke University in announcing a John Walker recital at Duke Chapel. Since 2006 he has served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and George Mason University.

Todd Wilson

Todd WilsonPerforming the complete organ works of Duruflé.

Sunday, September 18, 2016
at 3:00 p.m.

Todd Wilson is head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH; he is also Director of Music and Worship at Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral, and House Organist for the newly-restored Aeolian organ at the Stan Hywet Home and Gardens, Akron, Ohio.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Richard and Rebecca Fitzgerald

Rebecca FitzgeraldRichard K. FitzgeraldRichard K. Fitzgerald, Organist
Rebecca Fitzgerald, Horn

Sunday, October 16, 2016
at 3:00 p.m.

Works by Fitzgerald, Langlais, Widor, Hakim, and an improvised accompaniment to the 1903 silent film “Vie et Passion du Christ.” (See below for a short preview.)

Recently appointed Director of Music and Organist of St. Joseph Cathedral, Dr. Fitzgerald is joined by his wife, Peabody trained horn player Rebecca Fitzgerald, in a debut performance on the Cathedral’s concert series.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

La Nativité du Seigneur

Robert WisniewskiRobert Wisniewski, Cathedral Organist

Sunday, January 8, 2017
at 3:00 p.m.

In honor of the Christmas season, Mr. Wisniewski will present Messiaen’s complete La Nativité du Seigneur on Epiphany Sunday.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Annie Laver

Annie LaverSunday, January 29, 2017
at 3:00 p.m.

Laver frequently performs solo organ recitals in the United States and Europe, and has been a featured recitalist at numerous conventions, including the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Festival, the Organ Pedagogy Conference of the American Guild of Organists, and the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music. Miss Laver is currently the Assistant Professor of Organ Performance at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University, and has studied organ with Hans Davidsson, William Porter, and David Higgs while pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees at the Eastman School of Music.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

David Higgs

David Higgs10th Anniversary Concert of the Fritts Grand Gallery Organ
Featuring David Higgs

Sunday, March 12, 2017
at 3:00 p.m.

David Higgs, organist and chair of the organ department at the Eastman School of Music, returns to the cathedral to present the 10th Anniversary Concert of the Fritts organ. Mr. Higgs gave an inaugural recital on “Big Red” in 2007 and will present some of the same repertoire performed on that concert.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Dexter Kennedy

Dexter KennedyOctober 18, 2015 at 3 p.m.

As the winner of the Grand Prix d’interprétation at the 24th Concours International d’Orgue de Chartres, Dexter Kennedy has established himself internationally as one of the finest organists of his generation. Praised by The American Organist for his “prodigious technique and grand style musicality,” Kennedy offers performances that are at once, fiery, spontaneous, and historically informed.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

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