Noontime Organ Recital

Noontime Organ Recital
October 30
12:30 PM to 1:10 PM

October 30 Organist: Chris Ganza

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, J.S. Bach

“Vivace,” from Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530, J.S. Bach

“Adagio,” and “Allegro Maestoso e Vivace,” from Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65, Felix Mendelssohn

“Clair de lune,” and “Toccata," from 24 Pièces de Fantasie, Op. 53
, Louis Vierne

Chris Ganza is the Choir Director and Organist, as well as the Artistic Director of the Cathedral Concert Series at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. There he directs the adult choir, assists in the Cathedral's chorister training program, serves as organist for various sung liturgies, and manages the scheduling and details of the Cathedral's concert series.
Chris earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music from Saint Olaf College, studying organ performance and improvisation with John Ferguson and Catherine Rodland, and conducting with Anton Armstrong, Christopher Aspaas, Timothy Mahr, and Steven Amundson. He earned the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Oklahoma, studying organ performance and improvisation with John Schwandt and Damin Spritzer, and studying conducting with Richard Zielinski. He has been the recipient of first place in various competitions, including the Paul Manz Scholarship Competition, the John R. Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition, the Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition, and the University of Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition.
Chris's study of the organ began at the age of nine, under the tutelage of Ray Cornils, Municipal Organist Emeritus of the City of Portland, Maine. In addition to parishes in his home state of Maine, he has served parishes in Saint Paul, Oklahoma City, and Minneapolis. He was the first organ scholar at the Church of Saint Louis, King of France in Saint Paul, the Director of Music and Organist and Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the Organist and Choirmaster at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Minneapolis. In addition to his work at the Cathedral, Chris maintains a solo concert schedule, and is the Director of Choral Music at Saint Agnes School in Saint Paul, where he directs an acclaimed choral program for students in grades 5-12.

At St. Olaf, we are blessed to have a magnificent 67-rank pipe organ. This fall, it will be showcased in a series of recitals on Wednesday afternoons, immediately following the noon Mass.
Come hear the organ thunder with might and whisper gently as talented organists showcase a variety of repertoire.

Wednesday Organ Recitals run from September 18 through December 4, and will be approx. 30-40 minutes long.
Freewill donation.


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