This recital will plunge the audience into the contemporary world of big organ music of Europe and America. Pierre Cochereau, a legendary organist of the legendary Notre Dame de Paris. Thousands of tourists entered this Gothic cathedral to admire the beauty of his music. A brilliant virtuoso, soloist of several American philharmonic societies and a super intellectual Doctor of Arts, Craig Phillips. An English modernist composer Frank Bridge, a lyrical artist and a pacifist. And certainly the mystical Arvo Pärt, whose compositions are at times capable of healing.
The famous American organist Weston Jennings presents a collection of beautiful pieces that can rarely be heard in Russia. He was an Organ Scholar of Canterbury Cathedral and Chelmsford Cathedral and the first Organ Scholar to the Royal Festival Hall, London. His performances usually bring a world of positive emotions to the public, because he always takes into account their aspirations and alongside with fresh musical novelties performs the favorite masterpieces by J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart.
American organist Weston Jennings is quickly establishing himself as a talented and engaging international performer. Having first encountered the pipe organ at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp (Michigan) at the age of sixteen, he later graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy. At the Eastman School of Music, Weston earned his Bachelor of Music Degree and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. In May of 2017, he graduated from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music with his Master of Music Degree.
Prior to his studies at Yale, he completed two years in England at the Organ Scholar of Canterbury Cathedral and Chelmsford Cathedral. During this time, he was also appointed the first Organ Scholar to the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Former organ teachers include Thomas Murray, Michel Bouvard, Hans Davidsson, David Higgs, Bill McCoy and Thomas Bara. Following his recital debut at The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) in 2009, he has performed across the United States and Europe, including Westminster Abbey (London), Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (New York), The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles), The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Denver), the Chapel of the Queen’s College (Oxford), Royaumont Abbey (France) and the Berliner Dom (Germany).
On the Newberry Memorial Organ of Woolsey Hall, Weston has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, the Yale Concert Band, the New Haven Chorale and The Yale Symphony Orchestra. As a part of the London Handel Festival, he collaborated with the Apollo Baroque Consort in a concert of Handel Organ Concertos from Mayfair’s Grosvenor Chapel.
Weston is an enthusiastic advocate for new music and has premiered compositions by Molly Joyce, Soosan Lolavar, Mark Carroll and Allison Willis. His performances and interviews have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Committed to the education of new organists, Weston was Instructor of Undergraduate and Secondary Organ at Yale College. He has served on the faculty of the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, the Department of Music at The King’s School, Canterbury, and taught and performed at several Pipe Organ Encounters across America.
In August of 2017, Weston moved to Tyler, Texas to serve as Director of Music and Organist of First Presbyterian Church, as well as Artistic and Executive Director of the Tyler Civic Chorale. Upcoming recital engagements include the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, amongst others.
For more information visit www.westonjennings.com
Sonata III in A Major, Op. 65
Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi)
Capriccio in C major
Adagio in E
Annum per annum
Tribute (A Lullaby for Organ)
Prelude and Fugue in B Major, Op. 7/1
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Tags: New sound of the classics, World masterpieces