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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mostly Franck - Faculty Recital

Dr. Steven Egler, Artist in Residence of  First Congregational Church, will perform his faculty recital on September 11, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at Central Michigan University’s Staples Family Concert Hall. This marvelous hall is acoustic home to Casavant Op. 3756 (3m/61r).

With the exception of one composition, this recital will feature the music of Cesar Franck in commemoration of the composer’s 190th birthday, December 10, 1822.  The only non-Franck composition is a Fantasy-Improvisation on “Nearer My God to Thee” by Sigfrid Karg-Elert that was composed in 1912 after the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, and will mark the 100th anniversary of this tragic event.

Other organ compositions include the Cantabile and Pièce Héroïque from the Trois Pieces, composed in 1878 for the Paris Exposition and the grand pipe organ by Cavaille-Coll at the Trocadero.

Additional works include the Andantino in G Minor from L’Organiste originally composed for the harmonium plus the Chorale No. 1 in E Major composed just weeks before Franck’s death.

 A special feature is the Panis Angelicus from the Mass, Op. 12, which will beperformed by Mary Stewart Kiesgen, soprano, and Jamie Fiste, cello, both CMU School of Music faculty colleagues of Steven Egler.

This photo is courtesy of Robert L. Barker.

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