Lamont Performance of the Week: Organ transcriptions by Joseph Galema
“Organ transcriptions were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a way of letting audiences in midsized read more…
“Organ transcriptions were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a way of letting audiences in midsized American towns hear important orchestral works from Europe that would otherwise go unknown in locales with no resident symphony orchestra,” says organ instructor Joseph Galema, who performs a number of organ transcriptions Sunday recital at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
The William K. Coors Organ by Karl Schuke, housed in the Newman Center’s Hamilton Recital Hall, consists of 41 stops with 56 ranks and 2,848 pipes. This immense instrument, with Galema at the helm, is able to deliver orchestral works in a powerful way.
Sunday’s recital will feature Fantasia on Carmen and The Ride of the Valkyries in transcriptions by Edwin Lemare, “a legendary and prolific transcriber of orchestral music for the organ,” according to Galema. The program also includes Holst’s “Jupiter,” Elgar’s “Nimrod” and the famous Bach Chaconne.
The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. in Hamilton Recital Hall; a reception to meet the artist follows the performance. Tickets — $21 for adults and $19 for seniors — are available at the Newman Center box office. Students from any school and all DU Pioneer Card holders are admitted free. Parking is free at the Newman Center parking garage.
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