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A Festival of Music

A Festival of Music 

Now in it’s 23nd season, First Presbyterian sponsors this concert series that is free and open to the public. The offerings have included soloists, both instrumental and vocal, instrumental ensembles, and dramatizations. The music offered has ranged from classical and sacred to popular song.  All concerts are Sundays at 4 p.m. We also sponsor a series of Lenten Organ Concerts. 

  

Ken Cowan - October 13,  2013

Considered one of North America’s finest concert organists, Ken Cowan maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, his live performances are regularly featured on the nationally distributed radio show Pipedreams from American Public Media.  He has recorded several acclaimed compact discs–one of the most recent releases being “Ken Cowan Plays the Great Organ” which was recorded on the newly restored organ at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City.  He received the Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from Yale Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Thomas Murray.  In 2012 Mr. Cowan joined the keyboard faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Houston, Texas as Associate Professor and head of the organ program.

Aaron David Miller, Organist  - November 10, 2013

Aaron David Miller is noted for the highly imaginative and creative style found in his performances, improvisations and compositions.  As the prize winner of several prestigious competitions, including the top prize at the AGO National Improvisation competition, and the Bach and Improvisation prizes at the Calgary International Organ Festival, he is in constant demand as a recitalist. His repertoire spans all periods but he is particularly noted for his stylish performances of Johann Sebastian Bach as well as his own highly original improvisations.  Miller earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.  He completed his Master’s degree and DMA at the Manhattan School of Music, studying composition and organ with McNeil Robinson.  His many solo organ, choral, and orchestra compositions (many as commissioned works) have won critical acclaim and have been performed throughout the United States and abroad.  Dr. Miller is currently Director of Music and Organist at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

 

Lee J. Afdahl and Friends- February 9, 2014

 

Magnum Chorum St Olaf College – March 9, 2014

Christopher Aspaas, Artistic Director

Northfield, Minnesota

 

Janus Trio – April 27, 2014

Flute, Viola, Harp

Brooklyn, New York