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SPECIAL: US Composers - Philip Glass, John Adams, George C. Baker

A celebration of contemporary US music for organ

Producer: John Adams / The Juilliard School, New York, Paul Jacobs. Philip Glass / Brown University, Mark Steinbach. George C. Baker / IOOF with Stephen Tharp

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SPECIAL: US Composers
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USA, New York, Juilliard School, Holtkamp organ © Lawson, Steven E
The facade of the Holtkamp organ of the Juilliard School New York, built in 1968, hides nothing, conceals nothing, does not adorn itself, but openly and freely shows the viewer every stop and every partial movement of the organ. The pipes are located on chromatic windchests and these are freely positioned above the stage and partly rotated by 45°. This instrument by Holtkamp has 52 stops and three manuals. Special features are the solo movement (floating division) and the execution of the 12 lowest notes of the Untersatz 32′ as digital (!) sounds.
W.C. Sayles died as a young man after studying for only two years at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. His father then donated a large sum of money to the university for a building with the wish that it be exclusively and forever devoted to lectures and talks and meetings on academic occasions”. Sayles Hall was built in 1881 and has been used as both a chapel and an auditorium for the university. The magnificent main hall features an ornate open pine roof truss. The gallery was specially renewed for the installation of the organ

More organ infos: https://www.brown.edu/campus-life/spiritual-life/chaplains/images/take3
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1903 Huthings-Votey Organ at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
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The Herman W. & Amelia H. Lay Family Concert Organ at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas
The Fisk organ of the Dallas Symphony Hall, built in 1992, combines several European influences in its disposition. A German-Baroque Hauptwerk is joined by a Dutch-inspired Positiv and a French Schwellwerk. The tuba movement (IV. manual) is designed according to the English model of the organ builder Henry Willis. An unusual feature is that a large part of the pedal organ is also playable as a so-called “resonance” organ on either the I. or IV. manual. This complements the Baroque Hauptwerk and makes it a Symphonic Hauptwerk. The organ has a total of 57 stops.
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Paul Jacobs © Fran Kaufman
Paul Jacobs is a citizen of the world on the organ. He has performed on five continents and in all 50 US states. As a 23-year-old, he played Bach’s complete works in an 18-hour concert marathon – but his gigantic repertoire includes old as well as new music. He is the only organist to have received a Grammy Award (in 2011 for a Messiaen album). He has taught at New York’s renowned Juillard School since 2003, serving as head of the organ department since 2004. In 2017, he received an honorary doctorate from Washington and Jefferson College. In 2021, the American Guild of Organists named him “International Performer of the Year”. https://www.pauljacobsorgan.com/
Stephen Tharp began his international concert career in 1987, still as a teenager, and has since circled the world several times – in more than 60 tours and more than 1500 concerts on major organs – as a virtuoso, chamber musician, lecturer at master classes and jury member. Numerous works have been dedicated to him, he has given numerous world premieres and for selected occasions he also composes himself, for example his “”Easter Fanfares”” for the inauguration of the new tuba high pressure register in Cologne Cathedral. Several of his 16 solo albums have won prizes. In 2011 he was “”Performer of the Year”” of the New York section of the American Guild of Organists. https://www.stephentharp.com/
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Stephen Thar © Ran Keren
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Mark Steinbach © Nick Dentamaro
Mark Steinbach has recorded a highly acclaimed album at the Silbermann organ in Dresden’s Hofkirche: “Glass-Bach Dresden” – showing the range of his work: from old to completely new music! He played world premieres by Nico Muhly and Daniel Pinkham, for example. Steinbach’s radius of activity as an organist and lecturer extends above all across the USA and Europe. This was already true in his student days, where he studied at the universities of Kansas and Rochester (Eastman School of Music) in the USA, but also as a Fulbright scholarship holder in Vienna. He was invited as a performer and lecturer at the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in China. Steinbach’s recordings have been featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams programme. He is currently university organist and custodian of instruments at Brown University, where he also offers seminars in music theory and analysis and holds the position of Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Music.

SPECIAL: US Composers - Philip Glass, John Adams, George C. Baker

Philip Glass, John Adams, George C. Baker

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