Sunday, May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM
Angela Kraft Cross (b.1958)
Grand Lothbury Voluntary (2014)
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
from Symphony No. 7 in A minor, Op. 42, No. 7
Angela Kraft Cross
Tree of Life (2013)
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
from Pièces de Fantaisie, Suite III, Opus 54
6. Carillon de Westminster
Angela Kraft Cross, a San Francisco Bay Area organist, pianist and composer, graduated from Oberlin College in 1980 with bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Organ Performance. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Loma Linda University. Her organ teachers have included Louis Robilliard, Marie-Louise Langlais, Sandra Soderlund, Leslie Grow, William Porter and Garth Peacock. In 2001, she was awarded the Associateship credential of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO). She has studied composition with Pamela Decker.
Dr. Kraft Cross has performed extensively on both organ and piano, having given over four hundred concerts in such venues as Notre-Dame, St. Sulpice and the Madeleine in Paris, the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Thomas Church in New York City, Methuen Memorial Music Hall and Trinity Church in Boston, E. Power Biggs’ organ at Harvard, and Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. In July 2011, she was a featured recitalist at the San Francisco AGO Region IX Convention. She has released seven CDs. Three of her organ albums have received critical acclaim in
The American Organist magazine. She has served as the Artist in Residence/Organist of the Congregational Church of San Mateo since 1993. She is also a staff organist at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
In addition to her musical career, Dr. Kraft Cross semi-retired in 2011, having worked for 22 years as an ophthalmic surgeon. She is committed to the musical education of young people, and since 1997 has been instrumental in organizing an annual Organ Camp for young pianists headquartered at her church. She is the founding director of the San Francisco Peninsula Organ Academy, a nonprofit organization formed in 2014 to support young concert organists with scholarships on short intensive overseas study trips.