The opportunity to experience the musical gifts of one of the world’s leading organists takes place Monday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Texas A&M International University’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Guest artist John Scott is organist and director of music at Saint Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
The program includes: March on a theme of Handel by A. Guilmant, Concerto in F Op. 4 No. 5 by G.F. Handel, Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543 by J.S. Bach, Organ Hymn: “Veni Redemptor” by T. Tallis, “Master Tallis’s Testament” by H. Howells, “Miroir” by Ad Wammes and Suite Op. 5 by
Originally from Wakefield, England, Scott received his earliest musical training as a chorister at Wakefield Cathedral and gained the diplomas of the Royal College of Organists, winning major prizes, while still in school. He made his debut in the 1977 Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, playing Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm. He was the youngest organist to appear in the Proms.
He has performed in five continents and in 1983 inaugurated the new Reiger Organ in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. He was also one of the five international Cathedral Organists invited to play in Washington Cathedral to celebrate completion of the Cathedral in 1990.
The New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists nominated him as International Performer of the Year (1998) and he is a frequent jury member of the world’s most prestigious organ competitions.
He received the title Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO), a personal honor from Queen Elizabeth II in 2004 and awarded an honorary doctorate in music by Nashotah House, an Episcopal-Anglican theological seminary.
Scott has recordings on the Guild, Hyperion, Nimbus and Priory labels and records frequently for the BBC Radio 3.
In 2008, a review from The New York Times said, “Mr. Scott’s powerful account [of Massiaen] left no question that he had deeply considered every detail of dynamics and pacing, yet his playing gave the impression of spontaneous invention.”
The Choir & Organ, London, published, “A sumptuous and compelling summa of the organists’ art: playing of complete assurance and joyous musicality.”
“The premier English organist of his generation… in a class of his own,” said a review in the Manchester Evening News, England.
The Sharkey-Corrigan Organ is a gift of the E. H. Corrigan Foundation, led by longtime Laredo businessman and passionate supporter of the arts E. H. Corrigan. It was inaugurated in July 2006.
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