Noontime Organ Recital

Noontime Organ Recital
February 24
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM

At St. Olaf, we are blessed to have a magnificent 67-rank pipe organ. This year, 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 monthly from October 21 through May 19, 2021 (no recital in January), and will be approx. 30-40 minutes long. Freewill donation.

Dr. Kris Rizzotto, Director of Music  
Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

  • Program:

    Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
    Praeludium in F, BuxWV 144

    George Thomas Thalben-Ball (1896-1987)

    Kris Rizzotto (b. 1989)
    Coronation March

    Kris Rizzotto
    Six Chorale Preludes:
    I. Pastorale on New Britain: Amazing Grace
    II. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
    III. Trio on Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern: How Lovely Shines the Morning Star
    IV. Hark, the Glad Sound!
    V. Kelvingrove: The Summons
    VI. Pastorale on This Joyful Eastertide

    Grimoaldo Macchia (b. 1972)
    TanzToccata on Gregorianische Sequentiæ Victimæ Paschali Laudes

    Kris Rizzotto
    Lullaby on the Latvian folk song Aija¯, z?u¯z?u¯, la¯c?u be¯rni
    (Dedicated to my son Kristian Walter Rizzotto)

    Kris Rizzotto

Latvian Brazilian Dr. Kris Rizzotto has played concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, and in 20 American states. Highlights include Riga Dom Cathedral and Liepaja’s Holy Trinity Cathedral (largest mechanical organ in the world) in Latvia; Pelplin Cathedral International Organ Festival in Poland; Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston; Christopher Summer Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania; Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament in Buenos Aires; Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver; and Anchorage Lutheran Church in Alaska.

Kris was named a member of The Diapason’s 20 Under 30 Class of 2017, which recognizes young leaders in the fields of organ, harpsichord, carillon, and church music. Dr. Rizzotto is the Director of Music at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Kris is also a self-published composer for organ, choir, and piano, with emphasis in sacred repertoire for religious services. Several original hymn introductions and reharmonizations are available for free download at Dr. Rizzotto was previously the organist at the Benedictine Abbey of Rio de Janeiro, built in 1590 and owner of one of the oldest organs in South America.


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