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May 18: Bill Crane Organ Recital featuring cello and violin

The virtuosity of C. B. Fisk’s Opus 69 organ will be on full display in “Organ Plus” a program of twentieth century music by, among other composers, Faure, Beach, Pinkham and Alain with Baroque organ works by Buxtehude and J.S. Bach.

The 2014 St. Michael’s Church Tercentenary Series will conclude Sunday, May 18 with a 5:00 p.m. concert by Portland, Oregon organist, Bill Crane. “Organ Plus” will also feature cellist Justin Kagan and violinist Neal Kass in a program of Baroque organ works and twentieth century music for organ and string instruments. A suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Marblehead, Massachusetts’ church’s concert series fund will be taken at the door. All are welcome and a reception will follow the concert in the Parish Hall at 26 Pleasant Street.

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Sun 05/18/2014
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

St. Michael's Episcopal Church


Notes On The Program

Among the ten pieces being performed at the May 18 concert will be the J.S. Bach Fantasy and Fugue in g Minor, BWV 542; Andante (Romance) for cello and organ, Opus 69 by Gabriel Faure; Olivier Messiaen’s The Heavenly Banquet; Passacaglia in d Minor, Bux WV 161 by Dietrich Buxtehude; and Toccatas for the Vault of Heaven by Daniel Pinkham.

Organist Bill Crane, making his fifth performance in the concert series, will perform on St. Michael’s C B Fisk, Opus 69 organ built for the church in 1974. A graduate of Florida State University and the Schola Cantorum (diplome superieur) in Paris, Bill is a resident of Portland, Oregon where he is artistic director of Music in the Woods and a member of the management team for the Trasimento Music Festival in Umbria, Italy. In 2009 Crane produced “24/7” – twenty-four classical music concerts in twenty-four hours involving some 250 performers marking the occasion of seven years of American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Among other organizations, cellist Justin Kagan has been a member of the Oregon Symphony, Portland Cello Project and the Astoria Music Festival. He has performed as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City and was principal cello in the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. He is also the proprietor of Badbeard’s Microroastery in Portland, Oregon.

Violinist Neal Kass was a founding member of the Boston Philharmonic who currently performs as part of chamber music ensembles and offers an annual intensive string quartet workshop with the Manhattan String Quartet. A student of Isidore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio and Dorothy Delay of Julliard, Mr. Kass attended Harvard University and the New England Conservatory. A practicing psychiatrist in Concord, Massachusetts, he currently teaches child psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Hospital.