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Organ Fest XII

November 24, 2019 at 12:30 p.m | November 24, 2019 at 9pm

BROADCAST: Classical 89 is pleased to broadcast “Organ Fest XII," recorded at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City in October.

The concert featured organists from the Salt Lake Tabernacle – Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth, Linda Margetts, Joseph Peeples, and Brian Mathias, and the organist at The Cathedral of the Madeleine, Gabriele Terrone.
For the 2019 Classical 89 Organ Fest concert, the organists honored their colleague Bonnie Goodliffe, who is retiring as a Temple Square Organist following many years of devoted and distinguished service. Bonnie’s musical and personal gifts will be sorely missed, as she worked with every part of the Choir organization—the Temple Square Chorale and Choir School, the Bells on Temple Square, the Orchestra at Temple Square, and, of course, the Tabernacle Choir. The selections on the program reflect Bonnie’s love of the music of Bach and her appreciation for her colleagues (past and present) on the organ staff.

GABRIELE TERRONE (Cathedral of the Madeleine organist)
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532

JOSEPH PEEPLES (Tabernacle Organist)
Clay Christiansen: from Suite (2019)
1. Tribute (b. 1949)
4. Scherzetto
5. Exaltation

ANDREW UNSWORTH (Tabernacle Organist)
Bach: Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667
Longhurst: Cantilena
Percy Whitlock (arr. Malcolm Riley): Fanfare on the tune “Song of Agincourt” (1940)

LINDA MARGETTS (Tabernacle Organist)
Bach( arr Robert Cundick): Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, from Cantata No. 147, BWV 147.
Traditional (arr. Bonnie Goodliffe): Annie Laurie
Cundick: Recessional, from Prelude, Air and Recessional

RICHARD ELLIOTT (Tabernacle Organist)
Tchaikovsky (arr. Jean Guillou): Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy, from Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
Bach (arr Alexander Schreiner): Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 from Notebook for Anna Magdalena
Bach (arr Virgil Fox): Now Thank We All Our God, from Cantata No. 79, BWV 79.iii

BRIAN MATHIAS (Tabernacle Organist)
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major, BWV 552 (“St. Anne”) J. S. Bach

Every Good Thing

11/28/19 at 11am and 5pm

This Thanksgiving, host Andrea Blain and classical music fans from around the country take time to give thanks and celebrate one of life's most meaningful gifts: music. Audiences will hear listeners from across the U.S. share stories about their favorite classical music pieces.

• Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man: Benedictus — German Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Hope, violin

• Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Summer, I. Allegro non molto — Onix Chamber Orchestra, Attila Falvay, violin

• Ludwig van Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata, I. Adagio sostenuto — Murray Perahia, piano

• J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prelude — Zuill Bailey, cello

• Bedrich Smetana: The Moldau — Vienna Philharmonic

• Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Mvt II: Allegretto — Minnesota Orchestra

• Giacomo Puccini: Vissi d'arte from Tosca — National Philharmonic Orchestra, Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano

• Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World", II. Largo — Minnesota Orchestra

• Traditional: Shenandoah — Modern Mandolin Quartet

• Jay Unger: Thanksgiving Waltz — Jay Unger, violin

• Claude Debussy: Clair de lune — John O'Conor, piano

• Vincenzo Bellini: Casta Diva — Orchestra of La Scala, Maria Callas, soprano

• Antonio Vivaldi: Guitar Concerto in D Major, II. Largo — Camerata Bern, Goran Sollscher, guitar

• Mark O' Connor: Butterfly's Day Out — Mark O' Connor, violin

• Richard Wagner: Overture to Tannhauser — Vienna Philharmonic

• W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 39, II. Andante con moto — Prague Chamber Orchestra

• Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man: Benedictus — German Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Hope, violin

A Feast for the Ears

11/28/19 at 8am & 2pm

A melodic and intriguing exploration of Thanksgiving history, lore and roots in early European harvest festivals, as well as a thoughtful examination of the holiday's evolution and contemporary traditions. Enjoy highlights music by American composers such as Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, William Billings and Charles Ives, along with some undiscovered treasures by Rick Sowash and Mark O’Connor.

Aaron Copland, Variations on a Shaker Melody “Simple Gifts”

William Schumann, New England Triptych: Chester

Anonymous/William Billings, Pilgrim’s Farewell/Jordan

Aaron Copland, Tender Land: Finale: The Promise of Living

Aaron Copland, Simple Gifts

Virgil Thomson, Symphony on a Hymn Tune: 3rd mvt

J.S. Bach, Now Thank We All Our God,

Charles Ives, Variations on “America”

Antonio Vivaldi, Four Seasons: Autumn (link to sonnet)

Rick Sowash, Fantasia on Shenandoah

Percy Grainger, Harvest Hymn

Jeremiah Ingalls, Harvest Hymn

Virgil Thomson, The Plow that Broke the Plains: Grass-Pastorale & Cattle

Aaron Copland, Our Town

William Billings, O praise the Lord of Heaven

Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings

Mark O’Connor, Song of the Liberty Bell

trad, America the Beautiful

Aaron Copland, The Red Pony: Happy Ending

Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, and Gratitude

11/28/19 at 12pm and 6pm

Giving Thanks offers a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. Great American writers will grace us this Thanksgiving, 2019. Giving Thanks remembers poet Mary Oliver as she reads poems of gratitude and nature. Walt Whitman stops by to celebrate Thanksgiving and his 200th birthday, and we'll set a place at the table for New Yorker writer, best-selling author, humorist, and turkey aficionado Adam Gopnik.

Hour 1
• Traditional: We Gather Together — Boston Pops

• Handel: Concerto Grosso "Alexander's Feast" — English Chamber Orchestra

• Howard Cable: Seasons' Celebrations: Thanksgiving Day — CBC Vancouver Orchestra

• Adam Gopnik on Turkey

• Poulenc: Novelette — Vento Chiaro

• Poulenc: Rustic Intermezzo — Sudwestfunk Orchestra

• Mary Oliver reads "Wild Geese"

• Gounod: Ave Maria — Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Kathryn Stott, piano

• Walt Whitman: Song of Myself — Read by Mark Benninghofen

• Traditional: Psalm of Life — Jacqueline Schwab, piano

• Adam Gopnik on Thanksgiving poems

• Karl Jenkins: The Shepherd — Polyphony

• Mary Oliver reads "Messenger"

• Mahler: Ging heut morgen ubers Feld — Gustav Mahler, player piano roll

• Walt Whitman: Thanks in Old Age — Read by Mark Benninghofen

Schumann: Scenes from Childhood: Selections — Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

• Adam Gopnik on Children and Thanksgiving

Hour 2
• Handel: Dank sei Dir, Herr — Philharmonia Virtuosi

• Walt Whitman: The Place Gratitude Fills in a Fine Character — Read by Mark Benninghofen

• Mark Isham: October Sky — Studio Orchestra

• Medley: What Wondrous Love/Come thy Fount of Every Blessing/For the Beauty of the Earth — Jacqueline Schwab, piano

• Adam Gopnik The Table Comes First

• Telemann: Tafelmusik (selections) — Musica Antiqua Cologne

• Mary Oliver reads "The Summer Day"

• Karl Jenkins: Benedictus — Polyphony

• From Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums," Chartres Cathedral story; Psalm 104 — Read by Charles Laughton

• Traditional, arr. Stephen Paulus: We Gather Together — Dale Warland Singers

A Thanksgiving of American Folk Hymns

11/28/19 at 10am and 4pm

Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with loved ones to give thanks to God for the bounties of life. It’s a heartwarming holiday which opens the festive season. In this special, enjoy music performed by BYU’s combined choirs and philharmonic. In addition, learn about the history of this uniquely American holiday.

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