In addition to the evening concerts, each day will feature at least one daytime recital where we showcase the talents of our artists in Western Canada. We offer recitals spanning 1000 years of music that demonstrates the breadth of the ability of the organ.
This is a choral ensemble from the University on Lethbridge that specializes in the music of Hlidegard von Bingen. The recital will be presented in the ‘Labyrinth Room’ at Knox United Church as it is the perfect place both visually and acoustically for such a concert. Be prepared for a wide-ranging concert that begins with the music of long ago and ends in the modern era.
Sweet Breath is a small women’s ensemble with a big heart and the extraordinary patience to learn the music of Hildegard von Bingen using coloured facsimilies of the original neumes. Its members share their voices amid the windy coulees of Southern Alberta.
Our Program will offer a program rooted in medieval text and chant that travels into the modern era. The ensemble presents a sequence and responsory by Hildegard von Bingen, shares improvisational Aquitanian works and delights in the polyphonic arches of Morales and Victoria. Marian texts set by Duruflé and Poulenc are contrasted with works by Buffy Sainte Marie and contemporary settings of Rumi. The concert closes with a rousing setting of Will the Circle Be Unbroken.
Wendy Markosky will be showcasing the Ahrend (2006) organ at the Rozsa Centre at the University of Calgary. The music is chosen to demonstrate the beauty of a true North German organ with an unequal temperament.
Wendy Markosky is Professor of Music and music department chair at Burman University in Lacombe, AB, and organist of the university church. She holds undergraduate degrees in biology and music, and earned master’s and doctoral degrees in organ from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington. While there she also studied harpsichord and carillon, was an associate instructor of music theory for five years, and served as university chapel organist.
In addition to solo performing, Wendy greatly enjoys ongoing collaborations with several early music groups in Alberta; playing organ/harpsichord with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra; and performing in one of Alberta’s newest early music ensembles, Rosa Barocca.
Enjoy a program designed “by” the Ahrend organ to showcase its beautiful solo and chamber sounds, as well as its thrilling choruses. A program filled with the delight and passion of the Baroque era and beyond, including some unexpected “pleasures and treasures”! Featuring a colourful range of works by Hayes, Bach, Lübeck, Scheidt, Buxtehude, and Distler.
This recital for Soprano (Kerry-Anne Kutz) and Organ (Valerie Hall) in the fine acoustic of the Cathedral of the Redeemer will be a delight for the ear. As one hears the music one can contemplate the windows of the cathedral and be refreshed by an island of calm in the bustling city of Calgary.
A unique artist in her ability to move seamlessly from classical works to jazz, soprano-singer/ songwriter Kerry-Anne Kutz is recognized for her vocal abilities, excellent intonation, professional attitude and her dynamic stage presence.
Kerry-Anne Kutz has sung in concert halls in every province and territory of Canada and throughout the United States (New York City- Metropolitan Opera Gala). On the international scene Kerry–Anne has charmed audiences at Expo ’88 in Brisbane, Australia and for events in England, India, Singapore, Italy and Mexico.
An inveterate performer, Valerie Hall has appeared as organist, harpsichordist, singer and choral conductor in Canada, the United States and Europe. A native of Winnipeg, she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Church Music from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. Valerie recently became an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
In 2014, Valerie was accepted by Vancouver Early Music Festival into their Baroque Vocal Programme, The Compleat Singer. There she had the opportunity to work with renowned early music specialists Ellen Hargis (voice), Michael Jarvis (harpsichord), Chris Bagan (harpsichord) and Lucas Harris (lute). In Regina, she founded and directed Campion Schola, a university-based vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of Plainchant and Renaissance polyphony.
Valerie maintains an active performing career alongside private teaching and church responsibilities. One of her greatest pleasures is performing with Montreal soprano, Kerry-Anne Kutz. The dynamic duo are deeply committed to presenting works by Canadian composers and feature plenty of it on their entertaining and diverse concert programmes.
A past national president of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), Valerie was for several years National Chair for Membership and Regional Director for the Prairies.
Enjoy a program designed “by” the Ahrend organ to showcase its beautiful solo and chamber sounds, as well as its thrilling choruses. A program filled with the delight and passion of the Baroque era and beyond, including some unexpected “pleasures and treasures”!
Jeremy Spurgeon brings his expertise as the organist for the Winspear Centre in Edmonton to the Carthy organ at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Jeremy was often a guest performer during the Organ à la Carte series and knows the organ well. His concert will combine major works and end with a transcription of Firebird by Igor Stravinsky.
After early studies in London, England, organist Jeremy Spurgeon won scholarships to study both piano and organ at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and later studied at the Geneva Conservatoire where he gained the Premier Prix de la Classe de Virtuosité. His teachers have been Eileen Sullivan, Lorna Sergeant, Ronald Frost, Eric Chadwick, Lionel Rogg, and Dame Gillian Weir.
In 1980, Jeremy took up the position as director of music at All Saints' Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton. Since then, he has appeared in concert with many ensembles, singers, and instrumentalists in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
As well as his many and varied cathedral duties, Jeremy has a busy concert schedule as organist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Duo Majoya is the musical partnership of Marnie Giesbrecht and Joachim Segger playing organ and piano in a variety of compositions composed in this century by North American composers: Utterback, Wadsworth, Cary, Ratcliffe, Burge, Kloppers and Bédard. Duo Majoya has recorded at the Jack Singer Concert Hall and some of the music presented is on the resulting CD.
Marnie Giesbrecht and Joachim Segger are Duo Majoya, a unique and innovative keyboard team that circles the globe performing organ, piano and organ/piano duets throughout North America, Europe, South Africa and Asia. The duo performs and records a distinctive repertoire of commissioned, original and arranged works at international organ festivals and conventions, and on university and community concert series. Their individual careers and exceptional work as Duo Majoya garnered them induction into the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame in June, 2014 and Honorary Fellowships of the Royal Canadian College of Organists in 2015.
We are thrilled about our performance for Calgary’s Spirit Wind Organ Festival! All the works were composed for us this century by Canadian and American composers. Zachary Wadsworth’s “Tarantella: Black Fly Season”; and “Meditation: The Aurora in Snow” reflect some of our shared western experiences. Joe Utterback’s jazz-influenced “Ballade” and foot-stomping “Jubilee” we performed and recorded in Jack Singer Hall on the CD Skyscape (2002). American composer Cary Ratcliff, who hails from California and now lives in New York, is composing a suite of tone poems for organ and piano called “Wind Riders”, on things that ride the winds in Alberta; we will premiere this suite at our festival concert. Rounding out our lunchtime musical feast under western skies are two colourful movements from Cathedral Architecture by Calgary-born composer John Burge: “Gargoyles” and “Windows”; Jacobus Kloppers’ tender setting of “Last Rose of Summer”; and the humorous “Menuet” and inspiring “Marche” from Denis Bédard’s Grand Suite for Organ and Piano.
The Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) is the professional organization for organists in Canada. It provides support to its members in the development and practice of fine organ and choral performance and sound musicianship, and works to promote these interests in the wider Canadian public.
Our vision: Inspiring connections with organ music.
Our mission: To promote a vibrant and inclusive community that engages more people in the transforming power of the organ and its music.
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