Those of us who attended the AGO national convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul in June started our week with a fabulous recital by Stephen Tharp at St. Olaf Catholic Church. Mr. Tharp is one of the most active concert organists of our time. His outstanding technique and musicianship have earned him world-wide respect.
At our September meeting on the 15th, Stephen Tharp will play a recital on the Quimby organ in Gano Chapel on the campus of William Jewell College in Liberty. The program will include transcriptions of Handel and Mendelssohn, a Bach chorale prelude, and music by Widor, Dupré, and Howells.
We will have our September dinner meeting at Liberty Christian Church, 427 E. Kansas, prior to the recital. Because of limited parking on campus, many of us will want to leave our cars parked at the church. For those who have difficulty walking, we will try to arrange rides from the church to Gano Chapel.
Michael Quimby and Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. are sponsoring Stephen Tharp's performance. We thank Michael for his financial support of our chapter as well as for his support of the AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists.
I look forward to seeing you at our first meeting of the new program year on Monday, September 15. Dinner is at 6:15 preceded by the punch bowl at 6:00. The program begins at 7:30.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Bill McCandless, Dean
Dinner at Liberty Christian Church, 427 E. Kansas, Liberty, MO 6:15 p.m.
Stephen Tharp in recital at William Jewell College, 7:30 p.m.
Please contact Jean Lyne at 816.452.8222 no later than Wednesday, 10 September 2008,with your dinner reservations. The menu includes brisket, scalloped potatoes, tossed salad, mixed vegetables, rolls, peach or strawberry cobbler, coffee, etc. If Jean is not home, please leave your name, your telephone number, and the number of reservations you desire.The meal cost is $9.00.
Stephen Tharp, hailed as "the organist for the connoisseur"(Organ magazine, Germany), "the thinking person's performer" (Het Orgel), "every bit the equal of any organist" (The American Organist magazine) and "the consummate creative artist" (Michael Barone, Pipedreams), is recognized as one of the great concert organists of our age. Having played 32 solo intercontinental tours and over 800 North American concerts, Stephen Tharp has built one of the most well-respected international careers in the world, earning him the reputation as the most traveled concert organist of his generation. He is listed in the 2008 edition of Who's Who in America and was a featured solo artist during the 2008 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.
Stephen Tharp is an important champion of new organ music, and commissions and premieres numerous compositions for the instrument. The first such piece was Jean Guillou's symphonic poem Instants, Op. 57, which Tharp premiered at King's College, Cambridge, England in February 1998. Works subsequently dedicated to him include David Briggs' Toccata "Labyrinth" (2006); Samuel Adler's Sonata (2005); Eugenio Fagiani's Stäle (2003); Thierry Escaich's Trois Poämes (2002); Philip Moore's Sinfonietta (2001); Anthony Newman's Tombeau d'Igor Stravinsky (2000), Toccata and Fuga Sinfonica on BACH (1999) and the Second Symphony (1992); Martha Sullivan's Slingshot Shivaree for Organ and Percussion (1999); and Morgan Simmons Sequencia Pedalia (1995). Himself a composer, Tharp was commissioned by Cologne Cathedral, Germany to compose for Easter Sunday, 2006 his Easter Fanfares for the inauguration of the organ's new en chamade Tuba stops.
In April 2008, Stephen Tharp was named the Official Organist for the NY visit of Pope Benedict XVI, playing for three major events attended by more than 60,000 people that were broadcast live worldwide. Mr. Tharp's playing has also been broadcast on both English and Irish national television, on Radio Prague, orgelnieuws.nl in the Netherlands, and in the U. S. on American Public Media's Pipedreams. In November 2005, Pipedreams broadcast an entire programme dedicated exclusively to his career, making him one of the few organists in the world so honoured.
Stephen Tharp earned his BA degree, magna cum laude, from Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL and his MM from Northwestern University, Chicago, where he studied with Rudolf Zuiderveld and Wolfgang Rübsam, respectively. He has also worked privately with Jean Guillou in Paris. Previously Organist at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, he is currently Artist-in-Residence at Grace Church (Episcopal), New York, where he works with Patrick Allen, Organist and Master of the Choristers.
Mr. Tharp's program includes music from Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks," J. S. Bach's "Allein Gott in der Hîh sei Ehr'" (BWV 662), Widor's Symphonie No. 8(selected movements), DuprÇ's "Prelude and Fugue in A-flat Major," Howell's "Rhapsody in D-flat," and a W. T. Best transcription of Mendelssohn's "Overture to St. Paul."
Have you remembered to renew your AGO membership? In order for your name to be included in the 2008-2009 Membership Directory, your membership form and dues need to be in the hands of our registrar, Debbie Lynch, by September 1. If you have misplaced the renewal form that came in the mail, you can download a copy HERE or by clicking on the "Join our Ranks" tab above and selecting the "Download Membership Application Form" link. Debbie Lynch's address is on the form.
Ed Crum died on July 24 at age 93. He joined the AGO in 1938 and was dean of the Greater Kansas City Chapter 1963-1965.
Check the Pipe Organ Encounter page at http://www.kcago.com/organ.html for up-to-the-minute information.
The Chapter level of this sompetition will be held between February 6 and April 19, 2009. The place will be determined after the competitors applications are received. Teachers are urged to begin now to encourage their students to prepare for this competition. The rules and applications are in TAO, April 2008, and are also available on line at www.agohq.org. Competitors' applications must be received by 17 January 2009.
Needed: two chapter members to help determine the date and place of the competition and to help with logistics. We will need three judges and two alternates (with no connection to contestants). There will be a small honorarium. Please contact the coordinator, Ann Posey, if you would be able to help in any way.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Olathe is hosting a handbell workshop for church musicians on Saturday, October 18th. Dr. John A. Behnke, Professor of Music at Concordia University-Mequon, WI, is the featured workshop leader for beginning and intermediate handbell choirs. Registration fee for the workshop is $20. per person and includes a catered lunch. For a registration form and list of requested music for the workshop, go to www.bslcks.org or leave a message for Deb Miller at (913) 780-6023. Table space for handbells will be available to rent for the workshop. An organ Hymn Fest & Recital will be presented on Friday evening, Oct. 17th, featuring Dr. Behnke at 7:00 p.m. The address for Beautiful Savior is 13145 S. Blackbob Road in Olathe. The recital is open to the public and free of charge.
Sunday, 7 September 2008, 2 p.m. Marvin Faulwell, organist, with the silent film "The General" at Kansas City Music Hall, on the Kansas City Theatre Pipe Organ. For information, contact Troy Sorbo, firstname.lastname@example.org.
N.B. This is a new date.
Monday, 22 September 2008, 7:30 p.m. Elisa Bickers, organist, doctoral recital at University of Kansas, Bales Organ Recital Hall. Duruflé: Suite, Op. 5; Poulenc: Litanies â la Vierge Noire; Vierne: Sixiéme Symphonie.
Sunday, 28 September 2008, 2 p.m. PDQ Bach Concert. St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Kansas City, MO. Benefit for St. Mary's renovation project and choir music fund. $10 donation at the door.
Sunday, 26 October 2008, 4 p.m. Organ Historical Society Citation Presentation, Grace United Methodist Church, Jamestown, Missouri. Hinners & Albertsen, op. 454 (1901), I-7. Free admission. Contact Sam Lucas, Clinton United Methodist Church, Clinton, MO (email@example.com) 660.885.5597.
Sunday, 2 November, 4 p.m. Ken Cowan & Lisa Shihoten, organ and violin. Clinton United Methodist Church, 601 S. 4th St., Clinton, MO. Sponsored by Clinton Arts Council. Tickets $10, available from Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, 660.885.8166. Contact Sam Lucas, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thursdays at Noon. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception midweek recital series. The link for information on our website is http://www.kcgolddome.org/page.php?ID=12.
Part-time Organist and future Music Director
St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church ("Anglican Use" community), 5814 Euclid, Kansas City, MO, 64130. 1S, Liturgy from the Book of Divine Worship (Catholic) and the Hymnal 1940 and Hymnal 1982 (Episcopal). Diocesan Scale. Contact Fr. Ernie Davis, email@example.com, (816) 444-5406. Beginning September, 2008.
First Presbyterian Church, Lee & Hershey streets, Olathe, KS 66061. 1S, 1R, $N. Contact Mike Martini, Director of Music, at (816) 278-5016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church, Raytown, MO. Organist for 2nd, 4th, & 5th Sundays of the month, and every Wednesday night choir rehearsal. Position may become a weekly Sunday job. Contact Jackie Harvey, 816.986.1230, x8560 (is voice mail).
Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church, 7406 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114. 1R, 1S, $N. Contact Joe Wilkinson, Director of Music/Organist at (816) 471-8188 or email@example.com.
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|Tom Atkin – org, lit||913-722-2404|
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|Doris Daniels – org, lit||816-431-3244 or 816-721-3191|
|Floyd Gingrich - dir, lit||816-405-8135|
|Kathy Hellwege – org, lit||913-362-0594 or 913-706-0126|
|Mary Hunt – org, lit||913-375-1654|
|Marie Lerner-Sexton – sop soloist||913-780-1299 or 913-558-2688|
|Steven McDonald – org, dir, lit||785-841-4696|
|Nick Mourlam – org, pian||913-488-1272|
|Caroline M. Neal – org, pian, singer, dir||816-305-9526|
|John Obetz – org, dir, lit||913-681-1092|
|John Pitchford – organist||913-663-3768|
|Ann Marie Rigler – org, lit||816-415-3792 or 816-781-7700x5199|
|Joan Schmitt – org., dir., lit||816-444-3813 or 816-896-8935|
|James Snyder – org, dir.||816-765-1721 or 816-719-3289|
|Nancy Stankiewicz – org., lit||913-642-8642|
|Brett Terry – org, dir, tenor soloist, lit||816-204-0408|
|Matthew Thompson – org, dir||785-312-4151|
|Marilyn VanderLinden –org
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|Anne Warzyn – org, pianist, lit||816-453-5027|
|John Winkels – org, dir, lit||816-474-5332|
|Roger Wischmeier – org
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