Organist James O'Donnell in Concert
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)
Internationally acclaimed British organist James O'Donnell performs pieces by Bach, Dupré, Saint-Saëns and Elgar.
Mr. O'Donnell is Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey and President of the Royal College of Organists. He is internationally recognized as a conductor and organ recitalist, and has given organ concerts all over the world, including the United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. He has appeared as organ soloist in the BBC Proms and at many other festivals.
Mr. O'Donnell is responsible for the direction of the Abbey’s music at the daily choral services and the many great occasions which take place there. These have recently included the State Visit of Pope Benedict XVI and the Wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
“O’Donnell is a master of his craft, a man who conveys the sound of the often monolithic-seeming organ with exceptional command of light and shade … In O’Donnell's hands, the Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain sounded as deft and shapely as I've ever heard, virtuosic in finish, but touching, too.”
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times
“… a dazzling account of Dupré’s Second Symphony left little doubt that already, the Westminster Cathedral organist is clearly among the elect … Mr. O’Donnell set a lofty mood with five pieces from Bach’s Clavierübung Part III, all rendered with sovereign command.”
The Church Times, London
“O’Donnell’s solo organ works provided a fine sense of artistic variety and balance to the concert. O’Donnell’s articulation was clean and precise, managing the progressive difficulty with aplomb and control.”
Waterloo Region Record, Ontario, Canada
“… proved himself a master … as he swung merrily through a broad-ranging repertoire.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA
When & Where
The San Francisco Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
The American Guild of Organists is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. Founded in New York in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the Guild seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. The San Francisco Chapter was formed in 1911. Visit http://www.sfago.org