Monday, October 14, 2013

Next Sunday at 4 PM, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg is thrilled to welcome world-renowned concert organist Felix Hell as he presents the dedicatory recital of the new organ in our church. This concert event is featured in a full-page advertisement in the current edition of "The American Organist," the magazine of the American Guild of Organists (page 44). Not only technically proficient, Felix Hell is an excellent entertainer as well. This will prove to be an exciting concert for persons of any musical taste.

A native of Germany, Felix studied organ at Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Heidelberg, and in the US at the Juilliard School, at the Curtiss Institute, and at the Peabody Conservatory.

Here is his program for the event (these are some pretty big pieces). "Back in the day" when I was giving recitals, I played the 4th piece a lot (Franck's 3rd organ chorale). It's a workout, exciting to play and to hear! (Of course, today, when I have lots less time to practice, I can barely read the music). So, next Sunday, don't miss [must.resist.typing.this:] the concert from Hell ...

1. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major "St. Anne", BWV 552

2. Johann Pachelbel (1653 - 1706)
Choral Partita on "Christus, der ist mein Leben"

3. Charles Marie-Widor (1844 - 1937)
Symphony No. 9 "Gothique", op. 70
II. Andante sostenuto

4. Cesar Franck (1822 - 1890)
Choral No. 3 in A Minor


5. Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Fantasy and Fugue on "Ad Nos Ad Salutarem Undam"
October 2, 2013Rev. Msgr. William J. King

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