2008 Wikman Appearances
Sunday April 13, 2008, 4:00 pm/CT
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
939 Hinman AV
The church is one block east of Chicago, and one block north of Main.
The choirs of St. Luke's will sing the service. Thomas Wikman will play Joseph Callaerts fiery "Toccata in E minor" for the prelude. Following evensong, he will play a recital consisting of one work; Charles Marie Widor's masterpiece, the "Symphonie Romane."
The organ is a marvelous 1922 E.M. Skinner. The instrument has 4 manuals and 65 stops. The organ has a special connection to Widor. The organist at the time of the installation was a pupil of Widor, and Widor acted as a consultant on the design. In recent years, a thorough restoration has taken place, making the instrument a precious survivor of the Post-Romantic era.
The acoustics of the church are wonderful. It is indeed a privilege to perform this great work on this organ. The service begins at 4 pm, and the recital starts about 4:40 pm/CT.