3:00 PM Today
NZ Organ Week
Isabelle Demers (organ of Auckland Town Hall)
BACH: Prelude & Fugue in A minor BWV543; MENDELSSOHN trans Demers: Scherzo & Nocturne, from A Midsummer Night's Dream; WILLAN: Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue in Eb minor; E MACMILLAN: Cortège académique; TCHAIKOVSKY trans Demers: Sleeping Beauty excerpts; LAURIN: Three Short Studies Op 68; DUPRÉ: Prelude & Fugue in B Op 7/1; PROKOFIEV trans Demers: The street awakens, from Romeo & Juliet (recorded in the Auckland Town Hall by RNZ)
Demers is an Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas, where she teaches organ and courses in the organ curriculum. A native of Québec, she is rapidly becoming recognized as one of North America’s most virtuosic organists.
Her concert at the 2010 national convention of the American Guild of Organists, in Washington, D.C., was received with great acclaim not only by critics, who deemed it “one of the most outstanding events of the convention.” (The American Organist), but also by the standing-room-only audience, which called her back five times.
She began piano and organ study at age eleven at the Montréal Conservatory of Music. After graduation in 2003 she studied on scholarship for a year in Paris at the École Normale de Paris-Alfred Cortot. She received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City, where she studied with Paul Jacobs. Her dissertation – an analysis of Bach’s St. John Passion – was awarded the Richard French Prize for best dissertation at commencement. (Source: Isabelle Demers)
Recorded live on the Auckland Town Hall organ by Radio New Zealand
3:00 pm on Saturday (05 Sep 2015)
MYASKOVSKY: String Quartet No 13 in A minor Op 86; SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No 11 in F minor Op 122; BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in Bb Op 130 (recorded in the Auckland Town Hall by RNZ)