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Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Westwood United Methodist Church

Organ Concert - 3:00 PM

10497 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles California 90024
USA 310-474-4511 [map]
Price: Free

Sunday afternoon concert by legendary octogenarian organist, Dorothy Young Riess, featuring her arrangement for organ of the ballet "Petrouchka" by Igor Stravinsky.


Friday, May 20th, 2016

Doc Rando Hall The University of Nevada Las Vegas

Eighty-fifth Birthday Celebration Organ Concert - 7:30 PM

4505 Maryland Parkway UNLV Campus
Las vegas Nevada 89154
Uni 702-895-3332 [map]
Price: Free

Organ concert by legendary octogenarian, Dorothy Young Riess, to celebrate her eighty-fifth birthday, featuring dance music for the organ including her arrangement for the organ of the ballet "Petrouchka" by Igor Stravinsky.


Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Noonday recital - 12:10 PM

585 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena California 91101
USA 626-793-2191 [map]
Price: Free

Half Hour Noon recital by Dorothy Young Riess, featuring music by Bach, Howells and her original compositions.


Sunday, March 6th, 2016

First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara

Lenten Organ Recital - 3:30 PM

305 E Anapamu St
Santa Barbara California 93101
USA 805-963-3579 [map]
Price: Free

Lenten Recital by Dorothy Young Riess, featuring music by Bach, Brahms, Reger, Howells and her original compositions.


Friday, October 30th, 2015

University Arizona Holsclaw Hall

Organ Concert - 7:30 PM

1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson Arizona 85721
USA 520-621-1655 [map]

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Azusa Pacific University

Organ Concert by Dorothy Young Riess MD - 7:30 PM

901 E Alosta Ave
Azusa California 91702
USA 626-969-3434 [map]
Price: Free

From Bach to Boogie, concert of eclectic organ music including original compositions by the artist herself.


Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels

Organ Concert - 12:45 PM

555 W Temple St
Los Angeles California 90012
USA 213-680-5200 [map]

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Catlett Music Center

Mildred Andrews Boggess Centenary Celebration - 11:00 AM

500 W Boyd
Norman Oklahoma 73019
USA 405-325-2081 [map]
Price: Free

Student and Alumni Recital on the Mildred Andrews Boggess Memorial Fisk Pipe Organ Opus 111 (III/38/1999). Dr. Riess will play Prelude and Fugue in B Minor BWV 544 by J.S. Bach.


Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Resurrection Parish

Organ Concert - 3:30 PM

303 Stony Point Road
Santa Rosa California 95401
USA 707-824-5611 [map]

A most enthusiastic audience responded to my program of Buxtehude, Bach, Beethoven, Saint Saëns, Wagner, Langlais, Alain, Karg-Elert and my original compositions.

 

Creative Arts Series / Sunday, March 22, 2015
Dorothy Young Riess, organ

 

Organist Dorothy Young Riess

"DR. DOROTHY" CHARMS CAS ORGAN RECITAL AUDIENCE

by James Harrod

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The silver clad dancing feet of organist Dorothy Young Riess brought excitement and inspiration to organ enthusiasts March 22 at Resurrection Santa Rosa’s Resurrection Church. Standing tall and straight, poised and beautiful, in sparkling silver and black attire, this 84-year old virtuoso musician, physician, swimmer and grandmother calmly and confidently presented a perfect organ recital.

"Dr. Dorothy," as she is known at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, played an instructive and entertaining program of organ classics as well as of her own compositions. In this recital Ms. Riess demonstrated complete security and personal intimacy with the music and the instrument. The artist played with absolute accuracy, gentle and mellow phrasing, and flawless pedal technique. The eyes of the audience were riveted on her athletic and totally secure pedal playing throughout the performance. Not one note was out of place.

The program was ambitious with one exemplary work each of Buxtehude, Bach, Beethoven, Wagner-Liszt, Langlais, Jehan Alain, Karg-Elert and herself. She confidently informed the audience about each of her program selections in turn.

Her own musical inventiveness was heard in her transcription for the organ of Beethoven's Adagio Cantabile (from his C Minor Op. 13 Piano Sonata) and by four of her own improvisations of familiar hymn tunes. Particularly crowd-pleasing was a totally bonkers boogie-woogie rendition of "What a Friend We have in Jesus" and a cleanly intelligent jazz interpretation of "A Mighty Fortress."

What a delight and privilege to meet this beautiful lady. At the end of her recital "Dr. Dorothy" invited the audience to her organ recital May 20, 2016, (her 85th year) at her University. I plan to be there!

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Mayflower Congregational Church

Organ Concert by Dorothy Young Riess - 3:00 PM

3901 NW 63rd
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73116
USA 405-842-8897 [map]
Price: Free

"Dr. Dorothy" will play a concert of classics and original works on the Sebastian Gluck Pipe Organ, Opus 14. Admission and parking are Free.


On a bitter cold, stormy and snowy afternoon, devoted friends gathered for my program on the Glück pipe organ at Mayflower Congregational Church, Oklahoma City. Despite my symptoms of bronchitis brought on by the subfreezing  temperatures, I was delighted with the warm and enthusiastic response of my friends. This was a first performance, world premiere, of my Chorale Preludes on Familiar Hymn Tunes, Love Divine, Jesus Loves Me, and What a Friend We Have in Jesus (with a boogie beat in the pedals). It was good to be back home for this event, even though I had to drive to the airport in a snow storm the following morning!

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church

Organ Concert by Dorothy Young Riess - 9:00 AM

161 No. Mesa Drive
Mesa Arizona 85201
USA 480-964-8606 [map]
Price: Free

"Dr. Dorothy" will participate in the 50th Anniversary of First Presbyterian Church, Mesa AZ, by performing an organ recital on the Visser-Rowland Pipe Organ

PROGRAM

 Herbert Howells "Paean" Joyous Song (1940)

(1892-1983)

J.S. Bach "Prelude in B Minor" BWV 544 (c.1708)

(1685-1750)

Ludwig Von Beethoven "Adagio Cantabile" from Sonata #8 (1798)

(1712-1773) Arranged for organ by Dorothy Young Riess

Richard Wagner "Pilgrim's Chorus" from Tannhauser (1845)

(1813-1883) Arranged for organ by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Dorothy Young Riess "Meditation" (2011)

(1931- )

"Fantasy and Passacaglia on Ein Feste Burg"

A Mighty Fortress (2012)

Jean Langlais "Fête" Festival (1945)

(1907-1991)

 

 

 

 


Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center

Organ Concert by Dorothy Young Riess - 3:00 PM

1 Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo California 93407
US 805-756-6556 [map]
Price: $20

Considered a "living legend" by those who have heard her artistry, "Dr. Dorothy's" organ program will feature an interesting, eclectic mix of original compositions, transcriptions and classical organ repertoire, including Bach's "Prelude and Fugue in B Minor", Wagner's "Pilgrim's Chorus" and Stravinsky's "Petrouchka" delivered with unique interpretations and dramatic flair.

PROGRAM

Dieterich Buxtehude "Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C Major" (c.1660)

(c.1637-1707)

J. S. Bach "Prelude and Fugue in B Minor" BWV 544 (c.1708)

(1685-1750)

Ludwig Von Beethoven "Adagio Cantabile from Piano Sonata #8" (1798)

(1712-1773) Arranged for organ by Dorothy Riess (b.1931)

Richard Wagner "Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhauser" (1845)

(1813-1883) Arranged for organ by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Camille Saint Saëns "Seven Improvisations Opus 150, #4 Allegretto" (1916)

(1834-1921)

Max Reger "Introduction and Passacaglia" (1899) (1873-1916)

INTERMISSION

 Herbert Howells Six Pieces for Organ, #6 "Paean" Joyous Song (1940)

(1892-1983)

Fritz Kreisler "Liebesfreud" Love's Joy (1905)

(1875-1962) Arranged for organ by Dorothy Riess

Dorothy Riess "Fantasy and Passacaglia on Ein Feste Burg"

(1931- ) A Mighty Fortress (2012)

Igor Stravinsky "Petrouchka" (1911)

(1882-1971) I. Russian Dance

II. Petrouchka’s Room

III. Shrovetide Fair

Arranged for organ by Dorothy Riess

Jean Langlais "Fêtes" Festival (1945)

(1907-1991)




Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Pasadena Presbyterian Church

ORGAN CONCERT BY DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS - 7:30 PM

585 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena California 91101
USA 626-793-2191 [map]
Price: Free Will Offering

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Friends of Music presents concert organist, Dorothy Young Riess, in a program of music by Howells, Bach, Bossi, Karg-Elert and others. "Dr. Dorothy" practiced Internal Medicine in Pasadena for 30 years, 10 of which were next door to the church at 65 North Madison. She welcomes her friends and colleagues to come and hear some wonderful music.


Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

First Christian Church Las Vegas NV

Benefit Concert for Alzheimer's Association - 4:00 PM

101 S Rancho
Las Vegas Nevada 89106
USA (702)384-1544 [map]
Price: Free Will Offering

Concert organist, Dorothy Young Riess, and guests, will present an afternoon of uplifting music to benefit Alzheimer's Association.


Monday, October 7th, 2013

Workshop "Performing in the Golden Years, Just Survive or Really Thrive"

Workshop by Dr. Dorothy Young Riess on "Performing in the Golden Years, Just Survive or Really Thrive" - TBA

TBA
Knoxville Tennessee USA 865-521-0261 [map]
Price: TBA

PERFORMING IN THE GOLDEN YEARS, JUST SURVIVE OR REALLY THRIVE?

The Golden Years (age 65+) place special demands on organist-performers. To thrive (instead of just survive) requires understanding physiologic changes and developing new ways to approach practice and performance. The presenter is a Medical Doctor, now in her 82st year of life, with a strong background in organ performance and personal experience in TGY (The Golden Years). After retirement from 30 years practicing Internal Medicine in Pasadena, she returned to organ playing with enthusiasm, focus and discipline. In a fast-paced and humorous workshop, she will present examples of "older" performers, review the physiology of "aging", and show participants how to thrive as organist-performers in the Golden Years.


The workshop presentation in Knoxville TN was well received by an attentive and interested group of American Guild of Organists members and guests. Although the workshop was for organists 65 and older, many younger organists showed intense interest.

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

ORGAN CONCERT

POST-CONVENTION ORGAN CONCERT BY DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS - 10:00 AM

Olive Drive Church, 5500 Olive Drive
Bakersfield California 93308
USA 661-325-1267 [map]
Price: Free

American Guild of Organists Region IX Convention present Dr. Dorothy Young Riess in a post-convention concert on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10 AM. Admission and parking are free and the public is invited. Her program includes: Herbert Howells "Paean"; J.S. Bach "These are the Ten Commandments"; Franz Liszt "Prometheus" arranged for organ by Jean Guillou; Maurice Ravel "Five O'Clock Foxtrot" arranged for organ by Dr. Riess; and Sigfrid Karg-Elert "Vivace" from Symphony Opus 143. The organ is a four manual 133 rank Aeolian Skinner instrument.


Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

WORKSHOP "Performing in the Golden Years, Just Survive or Really Thrive"

Workshop by Dr. Dorothy Young Riess on "Performing in the Golden Years, Just Survive or Really Thrive" - 10:00 AM

First Methodist Church, 4600 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield California 93309
USA 661-325-1267 [map]
Price: Registered AGO members only

PERFORMING IN THE GOLDEN YEARS, JUST SURVIVE OR REALLY THRIVE?

The Golden Years (age 65+) place special demands on organist-performers. To thrive (instead of just survive) requires understanding physiologic changes and developing new ways to approach practice and performance. The presenter is a Medical Doctor, now in her 82st year of life, with a strong background in organ performance and personal experience in TGY (The Golden Years). After retirement from 30 years practicing Internal Medicine in Pasadena, she returned to organ playing with enthusiasm, focus and discipline. In a fast-paced and humorous workshop, she will present examples of "older" performers, review the physiology of "aging", and show participants how to thrive as organist-performers in the Golden Years.


Sunday, April 28th, 2013

TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH

ORGAN CONCERT BY DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS - 7:30 PM

501 S. CINCINNATI
TULSA Oklahoma 74103
USA 918-809-9162 [map]
Price: General Admission $20, Students

St. Cecilia Concert Series presents Dr. Riess in concert, Sunday, April 28, 2013, 7:30 PM. Program includes: Herbert Howells "Paean"; Pre-Bach - Pachelbel, Muffat and Corrette; J.S. Bach "These are the Ten Commandments"; Franz Liszt "Prometheus" arranged for organ by Jean Guillou; Maurice Ravel "Five O' Clock Foxtrot" arranged by Dr. Riess; Sigfrid Karg-Elert "Valse Mignone" and "Vivace" from Symphony Opus 143.


Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Nashville Convention Center

Performing in the Golden Years, Just Survive or Really Thrive? - 8:30 AM

601 Commerce St
Nashville Tennessee 37203
US 615 742 2000 [map]
Price: Conference registration fee

Workshop on "Performing in the Golden Years, Just Survive or Really Thrive?" a discussion of problems facing organists over 65 as they continue to practice and perform music.


Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Trinity United Methodist Church

Organ Concert by Dorothy Young Riess MD - 2:00 PM

30 W Front St
Youngstown Ohio 44503
USA 330-744-5032 [map]
Price: FREE

DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS M.D.

Concert Organist

Trinity United Methodist Church

30 W. Front St

Youngstown OH 44503

 

May 6, 2012, 2:00 PM

 

MUSIC OF JOY

I

Jean Langlais “Fête” Festival

(1907-1991)

II

Hymn “O God Our Help in Ages Past”

J.S. Bach Triple Fugue on “St Anne" BWV 552

III

Sigfried Karg-Elert Symphonic Chorale Op.87 #2, “Jesu Meine Freude”,

(1877-1933) Jesus My Joy

I. Introduzione (Inferno)

II. Canzone

III. Fuga con Corale

V

D. Shostakovich-Riess “Waltz 2”, Suite for Variety Orchestra

(1906-1975)

VI

Olivier Messiaen L'Ascension The Ascension

(1908-1992) II “Alléluias sereins” Serene Alleluias

III “Transports de Joie” Outburst of Joy

 


Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Christ Church Episcopal Church

American Guild of Organists Annual Advent Recital - 4:00 PM

2000 S Maryland Pkwy # 1
Las Vegas Nevada 89104
USA [map]
Price: FREE

Members of Southern Nevada Chapter American Guild of Organists present Annual Advent Recital on the new Schantz pipe organ at Christ Church. Dorothy Young Riess will open the program with "The World Awaiting the Savior", first movement from "Passion Symphony" by Marcel Dupre. Dr. Riess studied with Dupre in France after winning the National Organ Competition.


Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Nichols Hills United Methodist Church

Rededication of the Reuter Organ - 4:00 PM

1212 Bedford Drive
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73116
USA 405-842-1486 [map]
Price: FREE

A grand celebration to re-dedicate the refurbished Reuter Pipe Organ III/33/1963,'79,2011). I will play the same program I played at the original dedication in 1963! Program will include a world premiere of a commissioned piece for organ and violin by Oklahoma Composer, Callen Clarke. PROGRAM NICHOLS HILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Re-dedication of Reuter Organ (III/33/1969, '79, 2011) Sunday, October 23, 2011 DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS MD Organist and Re-dedication Concert Artist Jeremiah Clarke - "Prince of Denmark March" (c.1700) (1674-1707) Louis Claude Daquin - "Noël" (c.1735) (1694-1772) Johann Sebastian Bach - "Prelude and Fugue in D Major" BWV 532 (c.1710) (1685-1750) Franz Josef Haydn - "The Musical Clocks" (1792) (1732-1809) I. Minuet (Song of the Quail) II. March III. Andantino IV. Minuet (Allegretto) V. Minuet (Presto) VI. Vivace Cesar Franck - "Chorale in A Minor" (1890) (1822-1890) Callen Clarke - "Meditation" for Organ and Violin (2011) *World Premiere (1961- ) Kyle Dillingham, Violinist Olivier Messiaen - "The Ascension" (1933) (1908-1992) II. "Serene Alleluias" III. "Outburst of Joy"


Re-dedication of the refurbished Reuter Organ at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City OK, was attended by a standing-room only crowd who responded enthusiastically to the music. The world premiere of Oklahoma composer, Callen Clarke's, "Meditation" for violin and organ was received with a standing ovation. I was thrilled by the energy between violinist, Kyle Dillingham, and myself, and by the unusual composition. After the last piece, Messiaen's "Outburst of Joy", the audience again responded with a standing ovation. A fine reception followed hosting by the descendants of the original attendees back in 1963. Several friends came from California just for the event. It was a wonderful return "home" to my roots. An experience I shall never forget.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

First Congregational Church Berkeley CA

DOROTHY YOUNG RIESS MD Organ Concert - 1:00 PM

2345 Channing Way
Berkeley California 94704
USA (510) 848-3696 [map]
Price: AGO Convention Registration

Concert sponsored by San Francisco American Guild of Organists as part of the Region IX Convention.
AGO Region IX Convention
San Francisco July 6, 2011
MUSIC OF JOY

Jean Langlais - "Fête" (Festival)
(1907-1991)
J.S. Bach - Clavierübung III, “Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist” BWV 671
(1685-1750) Kyrie, God Holy Spirit
Sigfrid Karg-Elert - Symphonic Chorale “Jesu Meine Freude” Op.87 #2
(1877-1933)
I. Introduzione (Inferno)
II.Canzone
III. Fuga con Corale
Dimitri Shostakovich - "Suite for Variety Orchestra, Waltz 2"
(1906-1975) arranged for organ by DY Riess MD
Olivier Messiaen - "L'Ascension, III. “Transports de Joie”
(1908-1992)

On a very hot afternoon, three hundred fifty organists and guests attended my concert at First Congregational Church Berkeley CA on Wed. July 6, 2011. I've never played for such an enthusiastic group! I felt they were with me all the way despite the heat. (And I wore heavier clothing for 65 degree weather!). Although my hands were sticky from the heat, the program went very well and the marvelous Petty-Madden Pipe Organ spoke out in full glory.

It was a wonderful experience and especially so as I saw so many old friends there.

The most poignant event, however, was my return to the same place where I played my AGO National Competition Winner's recital in 1952 - almost 60 years ago! The organ is new and the chancel has been revised, but it was the same space. Now I finally understand T.S. Eliot's poem, "and the result of all our exploration will be to return to where we started and know the place for the first time."

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Doc Rando Hall The University of Nevada Las Vegas

Dorothy Young Riess, M.D., Eightieth Birthday Celebration Organ Concert - 7:30 PM

4505 Maryland Parkway UNLV Campus
Las vegas Nevada 89154
USA 702-895-3332 [map]
Price: Free

Spectacular 80th Birthday Celebration Organ Concert by Dr. Dorothy Young Riess, sponsored by Southern Nevada Chapter American Guild of Organists.

UNLV
May 6, 2011 7:30 PM
MUSIC OF JOY
Jean Langlais - “Fête” Festival
(1907-1991)
J.S. Bach - “Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist”, Clavierübung III, BWV 671
(1685-1750) Kyrie, God Holy Spirit

J.S. Bach-Biggs “Jesus bleibet meine Freude” BWV 147
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Johannes Brahms - “Herzlich thut mich erfreuen”, Op.122 #4
(1833-1897) My Heart Abounds with Pleasure
J.S. Bach-Riess - “Bourée”, Suite for Cello #3, for pedal solo
Sigfried Karg-Elert - “Jesu Meine Freude”, Symphonic Chorale Op.87 #2
(1877-1933) Jesus My Joy
I. Introduzione (Inferno)
II. Canzone
III. Fuga con Corale
D. Shostakovich-Riess - “Waltz 2”, Suite for Variety Orchestra
(1906-1975)
Scott Joplin-Riess - “Maple Leaf Rag”
(1867-1917)
Olivier Messiaen - “Transports de Joie”, L'Ascension III
(1908-1992) Outburst of Joy

My eightieth birthday celebration concert was attended by a capacity crowd at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The spectacular Von Beckerath organ gave brilliance to the music and left this performer and the audience breathless!

Despite problems with the swell shutters which were fixed just moments before show time, the organ performed perfectly. A CD recorded during this performance will be released by RAECD soon and available on www.cdbaby.com.

Friday, March 11th, 2011

St Andrews Presbyterian

Dorothy Young Riess Organ Concert and Lecture - 7:00 PM

230 Bush River Rd
Columbia South Carolina 29210
USA [map]
Price: FREE

Organ concert sponsored by Greater Columbia Chapter AGO, played by Dorothy on 3 manual Schantz pipe organ, followed by lecture.

St. Andrews Baptist Church, Columbia SC
Schantz Organ Friday, March 11, 2011 7:00 P.M.

Jean Langlais “Fête” Festival (1945)
(1907-1991)
J.S. Bach “Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist”, Clavierübung III, BWV 671
(1685-1750) Kyrie, God Holy Spirit (1739)
Sigfrid Karg-Elert Symphonic Chorale “Jesu Meine Freude” Op.87 #2
(1877-1933) Jesus My Joy (1913)
I. Introduzione (Inferno)
II. Canzone
III. Fuga con Corale
Lecture by Dr. Riess “Performing in the Golden Years”

Columbia SC AGO sponsored this organ concert and lecture in the spacious St Andrews Presbyterian Church. A select and attentive audience responded to the Karg-Elert with a standing ovation. In the audience was a friend who had attended most of my concerts in Las Vegas, retired to Charlotte NC and came to Columbia especially to hear the concert.

Patrick Hawkins, AGO Dean, provided a special after concert feast and it was wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones.

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Christ Church Episcopal Church

AGO Annual Advent Christmas Organ Recital - 4:00 PM

2000 S Maryland Pkwy # 1
Las Vegas Nevada 89104
USA 702-735-7655 [map]
Price: FREE

Annual organ recital presented by members of Southern Nevada Chapter American Guild of Organists -this year on the new four manual Schantz pipe organ at Christ Church Episcopal, Las Vegas. Dr. Riess will start the event by playing three Chorale Preludes by Sigfrid Karg-Elert; "Sleepers Wake"; "How Brightly Shines the Morning Star"; and "Praise God, Christians All."

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

First Presbyterian Church Santa Barbara CA

Lecture-Organ Recital - 2:00 PM

21 E Constance Ave
Santa Barbara California 93105
USA (805) 687-0754 [map]
Price: Free

Lecture and Organ Recital presented by Dorothy Young Riess, M.D. for Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Program for AGO, Sunday Aug 29, 2010
First Presbyterian Church
Santa Barbara CA

J.S. Bach “Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist” BWV 671
(1685-1750) O Lord, God Holy Spirit
Enrico Bossi “Stunde der Freude”, Op.132 #5 (1861-1925) Hour of Joy
Richard Wagner-Liszt “Pilgerchor aus 'Tannhäuser'”
(1813-1883 ) (1811-1886) Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhauser
Herbert Howells “Rhapsody” Op. 17 #3
(1892-1983)
Fritz Kreisler-Riess “Liebesfreud”
(1875-1962) Love's Joy
_______________________________
Encore Bach - In dir ist Freude

This event was well attended by a select and enthusiastic audience. I was pressed for rehearsal time as the church service ended at noon and I had about an hour to do a quick review of the very complex instrument. But all seemed to go well. We used two recording setups and audio edit is in process.

For my lecture-recitals, I try to give the audience some background about the composer and the piece, interesting historical and personal details. It helps understanding.

The wonderful five manual Casavant organ has such beautiful resources for a program of grand, romantic music.

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Doc Rando Hall The University of Nevada Las Vegas NV

Concert of Organ with Instruments - 4:00 PM

4505 Maryland Parkway UNLV Campus
Las vegas Nevada 89154
USA 702-895-3332 [map]
Price: Free

A concert of music for the pipe organ with instruments featuring members of the Southern Nevada Chapter American Guild of Organists. Dorothy Young Riess, Organist and Voltaire Versoza, Pianist, performed the difficult "Variation on Two Themes for Piano and Organ" by Marcel Dupré and "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin, assisted by Jon Troy, Clarinetist.

Voltaire and I were on stage for a total of about 35 minutes and received a standing ovation. We had practiced long and hard and it was a great afternoon. We have video and separate audio recordings, and plan to edit later for You Tube.

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