Sunday, November 6, 2016, 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Jean Titelouze (1563-1633)
Veni Creator Spiritus (4 versets)
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
from Le Livre du Saint-Sacrement
14. Prière avant la communion
15. La joie de la grâce
16. Prière après la communion
John A. Wolfe is the Organist & Music Director at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in New Rochelle, NY, and a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance at Rutgers University, where he studies with Renée Anne Louprette. While working towards his doctorate, he has performed with the Rutgers Medieval Ensemble, Rutgers Baroque Ensemble and Rutgers Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He also holds a Master's Degree in Organ Performance from Queens College, where he studied with Walter Klauss, and Bachelor's Degree in Organ Performance from Vassar College, where he studied with Gail Archer.
Mr. Wolfe's 2015-2016 season highlights included a Doctoral Organ Recital at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, the Bach Meditation Series at Grace Episcopal Church, a performance in the Norma and Murray Horowitz Recital Series at Queens College, and a trio of recitals exploring the evolution of French organ music. He was a 2016 recipient of the Organ Historical Society's E. Power Biggs Fellowship, and serves as the Sub-Dean of the American Guild of Organists Brooklyn Chapter. Further career highlights have included performances in the Prism Concert Series at Central Synagogue, the short film Fugue by Boxed Wine Productions, and in T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn, earning favorable reviews in the New York Times and Time Out New York.
Mr. Wolfe is delighted to be offering today’s program of ancient and modern French organ music, inspired by Gregorian chant and the natural world. He will perform excerpts from Olivier Messiaen's final organ cycle, 1984’s The Book of the Holy Sacrament, including "The Joy of the Grace," a movement consisting entirely of birdsong. Messiaen’s music illustrates the infinitude of the natural world around us, inviting us to humbly consider our own role in the cosmos.