NOONTIME ORGAN RECITAL: Joel Anderson

NOONTIME ORGAN RECITAL: Joel Anderson
October 24
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

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 Sept 26 through Dec 5 (no recital Oct 31), and will be approx. 30-40 minutes long. Freewill donation.

Joel Anderson

Charles-Marie Widor  (1844-1937)
Symphony no. 5 in f minor, Op. 42, No. 1  (1879)  

     I. Allegro vivace
    II. Allegro cantabile
    III. Andantino quasi allegretto
    IV. Adagio
    V. Toccata

Charles-Marie Widor was a French organist, composer, and teacher. Coming of age when the famed organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll was reaching his height, Widor was hired in 1870 as a temporary organist at the church of St. Sulpice in Paris, where Cavaillé-Coll had recently finished building his most ambitious instrument to date. Widor retained this “temporary” post until he retired over sixty years later, becoming a permanent fixture of the 19th-century French organ school. A prolific composer, Widor wrote a great deal of music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano solo, sacred and secular choral works, and a variety of stage music, including a ballet and four operas. He is most well-known today for his ten organ symphonies, works which took full advantage of the new possibilities offered by Cavaillé-Coll’s instruments. It is unusual for a work for solo instrument to be called a “symphony”. Widor’s choice of the word reflects the scope of possibilities offered by the revival of organ building and organ music in 19th Century France. Inspired by the 100-stop, 5-manual behemoth at St. Sulpice,


Widor once wrote,  "If I had not experienced the seduction of these timbres or the mystical attraction of this wave of sound, I would never have written organ music.”

Joel Anderson grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada, where he began playing the organ for church services at the age of 12. Before leaving Canada, he was awarded the Silver Medal, the highest honor in organ studies from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has studied at Jämsän Kristillinen Kansanopisto in Jämsä, Finland, with Eero Kukko and Liisa Keränen, and at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul with David Jenkins, Vanessa Cornett-Murtada, and J. Anthony Allen. Since 2017, Joel has served as the principal organist and music associate at St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis. Joel has been active in Canada and the Twin Cities as a recitalist, recording artist, composer, and arranger.

Back



ST. OLAF CATHOLIC CHURCH
215 S. 8TH STREET, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA 55402
612-332-7471
Website Policies

Top