Welcome to THE DIAPASON eNEWS.
In this issue we report on many recitals and masterclasses, as well as many recorded performances.
A new compact disc, 2012 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival Highlights Sampler, offers performances on Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs in Texas, by organists Charles Callahan, Ken Cowan, Thomas Murray, Walt Strony, Bradley Welch, and many more. Other new recordings have been released, featuring Gail Archer and Daryl Robinson. Richard Dirksen is featured in a YouTube video of a 1991 Evensong in honor of his retirement.
Masterclasses and recitals were presented by Thomas Trotter in Cleveland, by David Hatt in Santa Barbara, and by James Welch at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Christopher Houlihan will present recitals this April, and will perform in August at the Organ Historical Society’s convention. The first performance of Iain Quinn’s reconstruction of Samuel Barber’s childhood cantata, Christmas Eve, took place at Harvard University.
We note the loss of organbuilder Johannes (John) Wessel and teacher, performer, and conductor Melvin Dickinson.
Rieger-Orgelbau, of Schwarzach, Austria, recently completed a new 43-stop instrument for Harmony Hall in Nasunogahara, Japan, and Gerhard Grenzing, of El Papiol (Barcelona, Spain), is building a new four-manual organ for Radio France, in the Salle Arena in Paris.
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