Two Organists, Three Pipe Organs

Event time: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 4:00pm
Event description: 

A Moveable Feast

Two Organists Perform on Three New Haven Instruments

Music of Bach, Buxtehude, Franck, Hindemith, Mozart, Reubke, and Weitz

United Church on the Green, Corner of Temple Street and Elm Street

Battell Chapel, Corner of College Street and Elm Street

Woolsey Hall, Corner of College Street and Grove Street


On Wednesday, March 11, Thomas Murray, Yale University Organist and Professor of Organ, and Martin Jean, Professor of Organ and Director of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, will perform a joint recital on three of New Haven’s spectacular instruments. The program will include works by Bach, Buxtehude, Franck, Hindemith, Mozart, Reubke, and Weitz, spanning several centuries of music written for “the King of Instruments.”

The concert will begin at 8 pm at United Church on the Green (323 Temple St.). At the first intermission, the artists and audience will proceed on foot to Battell Chapel (corner College and Elm, about one block from United Church). The concert will conclude in Woolsey Hall (corner College and Grove) on the magnificent Newberry Memorial Organ.

Prof. Murray’s performing career has taken him to all parts of Europe, to Japan, Australia and Argentina. As soloist with orchestra he has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Houston, Milwaukee and New Haven Symphony Orchestras, the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington DC and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra during their tour of Finland in 1996. The American Guild of Organists named him International Performer of the Year in 1986; as a recipient of this distinction he joined such luminaries as Marie-Claire Alain, Jean Guillou and Dame Gillian Weir. The Royal College of Organists in England awarded him an FRCO diploma honoris causa in 2003.

Martin Jean has performed widely throughout the United States and Europe and is known for his wide repertorial interests. He was awarded first place at the international Grand Prix de Chartres in 1986, and in 1992 at the National Young Artists’ Competition in Organ Performance. His CDs of The Seven Last Words of Christ by Charles Tournemire and the complete Six Symphonies of Louis Vierne, both recorded in Woolsey Hall, have been released by Loft Recordings. Recordings of the organ symphonies and Stations of the Cross of Marcel Dupré are forthcoming on the Delos label.

The recital, presented by Yale Institute of Sacred Music, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. More information is available at 203/432-5062.