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Organ Recital on September 13 7:00 p.m.

Organ Recital on September 13 7:00 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE: ORGAN CONCERT

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 - 7 p.m. -  Paul Thornock, Organist

Plan to attend a program of varied organ classics on our magnificent organ. Dr. Paul Thornock will perform major works of  J.S. Bach, Herbert Howells, Max Reger and the French romantic composer Augustin Barié. 

Paul Thornock is Director of Music at Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Georgia. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Puget Sound where he studied organ with Edward Hansen and conducting with Paul Schultz. He earned the Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature degree from the University of Notre Dame as a student of Craig Cramer. While at Notre Dame, he was graduate assistant organist at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart under Gail Walton. Thornock earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Roberta Gary.

Dr. Thornock has performed for regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the 2008 national convention of the Organ Historical Society, the American Institute of OrganBuilders, and has been heard as both an organist and conductor on the nationally syndicated radio programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice and was a first place winner in the Strader Organ Playing Competition. In 2012, Thornock was awarded a grant from the Tangeman Sacred Music Center to record four organs by Paul Fritts and Co., chronicling the firm’s evolution over four decades.

The program is co-sponsored with the Albuquerque Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. It is open to the public and without admission charge. Free-will donations are welcome to help support music at First Presbyterian. Dr. Thornock will also present a Master Class on Saturday at 9 a.m. on the music of  Augustin Barié and his influence on the French Organ symphony.

 

This will be the first concert of the  Guild of Organists season “First Presbyterian and the Guild are working together to present a talented next-generation organist from out of state who will showcase the wonderful instrument we have here in Albuquerque,” said First Presbyterian Music Director James Yeager.  The program will feature works by J.S. Bach including the Prelude and Fugue in E minor. The “Symphonie pour Orgue,” Op. 5 by Augustin Barié, a French Romantic organist and composer, will also be performed. German composer Max Reger wrote three chorale fantasias in 1900, including  Fantasie: Hallelujah! Gott zu loben,” which Thornock will be performing.  With the fire this spring at Notre Dame in Paris, Thornock’s planned concert for the spring of 2020 is now uncertain, but he hopes to be able to play there in the future as the Notre Dame organ was spared in the massive fire that made worldwide news.

 

About Paul Thornock

Paul Thornock is Director of Music at Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Puget a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Thornock has performed for regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the 2008 national convention of the Organ Historical Society, the American Institute of OrganBuilders, has been heard as both an organist and conductor on the nationally syndicated radio programs “Pipedreams” and “With Heart and Voice,” and was a first place winner in the Strader Organ Playing Competition. In 2012, Thornock was awarded a grant from the Tangeman Sacred Music Center to record four organs by Paul Fritts and Co., chronicling the firm’s evolution over four decades.

Dr. Thornock is also active as an organ consultant. He has overseen more than thirty projects, including restorations, “transplants,” and the commissioning of new organs. His most recent projects include two organs by Paul Fritts & Co. for Hillsdale College in Michigan, and three instruments by Juget-Sinclair for the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, Virginia.