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Organist Gail Archer Tours NYC Jan - May

December 17, 2012 | By AMT PR
Internationally renowned star concert organist Gail Archer celebrates the distinctive voice of organ music in The Muses Voice: A Celebration of International Women Composers – a five-concert series touring the churches and synagogues of New York City. Performing a colorful collection of organ music spanning 19th – 21st century female composers, Archer is slated to premiere two works: the New York premiere of The Everlasting Crown by Judith Bingham; and the world premiere of And the Greatest of These is Love by Alla Borzova. Hailed for championing contemporary organ music by female composers, Archer will also feature works by Nadia Boulanger, Jeanne Demessieux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Judith Bingham and Jennifer Higdon, to name a few. Several of these works are being recorded for Archer’s next album to be released in Spring 2013.

About Gail Archer Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer who specializing in drawing attention to composer anniversaries with her annual recital series in New York City: Liszt, Bach, Mendelssohn and Messiaen. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008. Her recordings include Franz Liszt: A Hungarian Rhapsody, Bach, the Transcendent Genius, An American Idyll, A Mystic In the Making on Meyer-Media LLC and The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils on CALA Records, London. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at NYC’s historic Central Synagogue. www.gailarcher.com

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Gail Archer: The Muses Voice¦General Tour & Ticket Information All Concerts are FREE and first come, first serve.

Monday, January 28th @ 7:30pm Location: St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University. 117th St. & Amsterdam Ave. Train 1 to Columbia University/Broadway. Program: Fantasie und Fugue G-Dur Op. 30 “Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern” (Johanna Senfter 1879-1961), Praeludium und Fuge “O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid (Ethel Smyth 1858-1944), Hell und Dunkel (Sofia Gubaidulina, Prelude, Petit Canon, Improvisation (Nadia Boulanger 1887-1979), The Everlasting Crown* (Judith Bingham) Info: For more info, call 212.854.0480 or visit http://www.columbia.edu.

Monday, February 11th @ 7:30pm Location: Central Synagogue. 123 East 55th Street (between Park/Lex). Train F/N/R/W/4/5/6 to 59th Street. Program: Arched Forms with Bells (Diana Burell b. 1948), Premonition (Jocelyn Morlock), Sanctuary (Gwyneth Walker), Reverence, All Nature Sings, A Refuge, Peace, and new commissioned work TBA** (Alla Borzowa), Le Sermon sur la Montagne (Rolande Falcinelli 1920-2006) Info: For more info, call (212) 838-5123 or visit http://www.centralsynagogue.org.

Sunday, March 10th @ 3:00pm Location: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 East 88th St. Train 4/5/6 to 86th Street. Program: Exusiai (Eve Duncan), Choral et Fugue, Meditation (Mireille Tissot), Wondrous Love, The Mystery of Faith (Margaret Vardell Sandresky), Fractals (Anne Kilstofte), Retablos, Pange Lingua, Ubi Caritas, Victimae paschal (Pamela Decker) Info: For more info, call 212.289.4100 or visit http://www.holytrinity-nyc.org.

Sunday, April 7th @ 3:00pm Location: Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street. Train 4/5/6 to 86th Street. Program: Soundings (Wang An Ming), Petite Suite sur un Motet de Gerald Bales OP. 41, I. Fantasie “Let the Earth Celebrate the Lord”, II. Cantabile “Mountains and Hills, III. Toccatina “Praise Him” (Rachel Lauren), Elegy (Mary Howe b. 1882), Fantasia su frammenti gregoriani (Barbara Rettagliati), Te Deum (Jeanne Demessieux 1921-1968) Info: For more info, call or 212.288.3246 visit http://www.parkavenuechristian.com.

Wednesday, May 22nd @ 7:30pm Location: St. Paul the Apostle Church, 405 W. 59th St. Train A/B/C/D/1 to Columbus Circle. Program: Trinitas, I. “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” Genesis 1:2, II. “To the thirsty I will give water without price from the fountain of life” Revelation 21:6, III. And I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh” Acts 2:17 (Eleanor Daley), Prelude for Organ (Nancy Van de Vate), Dar eltehab-e jazbe-ye’ yeganeggy ...burning with ecstatic harmony...” (Karen P. Thomas), Hope of Dawn (Ana Paola Santillan Alcocer), Ceremonies Suite, Meditation, Prayer Song, Celebration (Jennifer Higdon b. 1962) Info: For more info, call or 212.262.9239 or visit http://www.stpaultheapostle.org.

*New York City Premiere **World Premiere

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