The Paul Manz Organ Series
Election Day Concert 'Full of Thrills and Chills'
October 31, 2010 -- Nov. 2, 2010, is both the day of a general election in the United States and a worldwide day of remembrance for Christians, who pray for their departed loved ones during the Feast of All Souls. What better place to contemplate such deep subjects than at November's installment of the Paul Manz Organ Series?
"Brilliance and virtuosity, governed by a disciplined hand, make these works true masterpieces," said Artistic Director Thomas Wikman of his program, which is full of thrills and chills and devoid of frivolity.
The free midday concert will open with J.S. Bach's "Wedge" Prelude and Fugue in E minor. "Many consider this Bach's ultimate prelude and fugue," said Wikman.
It will continue with Joseph Jongen's Prayer, a quiet and lushly romantic piece; and culminate in the Finale movement from Charles Widor's Organ Symphony No. 7.
"Here is epoch-making organ music, new and thrilling -- even hair-raising," wrote John R. Near, editor of the 1994 edition of the Widor symphonies published by A-R Editions in Madison, WI.
First published in 1887 -- the year construction began on the Eiffel Tower -- the 7th Symphony is "fully a product for a New Age, of which the Eiffel Tower is an emblem," Near wrote.
It was an era characterized by incredible technical innovations and engineering marvels of the kind displayed at the Paris Expositions of 1878 and 1889. (Widor played at both.) More >>