Upcoming Concerts

Hudson Valley Sally

Friday, May 5, 2017, 7:00 pm

Light in the darkness: songs of hope in troubled times

Admission: $20, open seating. Doors open at 6:30 pm

“After hearing Hudson Valley Sally do a set I thought, right now the Weavers are looking down and
smiling and saying ‘yeah, that’s how it’s done!’ These guys are carrying on that legacy, and beautifully.” — Jeff Rantzer, Folk Project musician and emcee

“Hudson Valley Sally sings with a freshness and innocence that reminds us why we fell in love with folk
music in the first place.” — Si Kahn

“Four amazing musicians who come together and sing like a single organism – the sound is magical.” — Bernardo Palombo, Artistic Director of El Taller Latino Americano


The Jean Chambers Memorial
Organ Concert Series

MONDAY, MAY 19  |  7:30 PM
Admission: $20

CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
OF ST. MICHAEL’S  VON  BECKERATH ORGAN

STEPHEN THARP,
Concert Organist and Recording Artist

WORKS TO BE PERFORMED

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Allein Gott, in der Höh’ sei Ehr’, BWV 662

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
from Trois Préludes et Fugues, Op. 109 – No. 2 en Sol Majeur

Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Poème Héroïque, Op. 33 (Solo organ version by Dupré, 1935)

George Baker (b. 1951)
Lamento (Prelude on the hymn-tune “Michael”) (2010)

David Conte (b. 1955)
Pastorale and Toccata (1991)

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
from Harmonies poétiques, S. 173 – Funérailles
(transcription Jeanne Demessieux/Stephen Tharp)
Fantasy and Fugue on B.A.C.H., S. 260 (syncretic version by Jean Guillou)


Stephen Tharp, described as having “performed colorfully, rousing and splendid” by The New York Times, and hailed as “the organist for the connoisseur” (Organ magazine, Germany), “the thinking person’s performer” (Het Orgel), “every bit the equal of any organist” (The American Organist magazine) and “the consummate creative artist” (Michael Barone, Pipedreams), is recognized as one of the great concert organists of our age.  He is the recipient of the 2011 International Performer of the Year Award by the New York City chapter of the American Guild of Organists, considered by many to be the highest honor given to organists by a professional musicians’ guild in the United States.  In 2015 he was given the Paul Creston Award which recognizes artistic excellence in church music and the performing arts.

In April 2008, Stephen Tharp was named the Official Organist for the NY visit of Pope Benedict XVI, playing for three major events attended by more than 60,000 people that were broadcast live worldwide.  Mr. Tharp’s playing has also been heard on both English and Irish national television, on Radio Prague, orgelnieuws.nl in the Netherlands, and in the U. S. on American Public Media’s Pipedreams.

His commercial release The Complete Organ Works of Jeanne Demessieux on Aeolus Recordings, received the 2009 Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Germany’s premier critic’s prize for recordings, as well as the French 5 Diapason award.  The release was celebrated in October 2010 with Mr. Tharp’s performance of the complete Demessieux works live over three concerts at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  Stephen Tharp plays St. Bavo, Haarlem, The Netherlands on the JAV label was called “the most beautiful CD of 2009” by Resmusica in France.

Stephen Tharp earned his BA degree, magna cum laude, from Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL and his MM from Northwestern University, Chicago.  He is currently the Artist-in-Residence at St. James’ Madison Avenue (Episcopal) in New York City.