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The Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS) is pleased to host organists David Higgs and Anne Laver in virtual concert at Christ Church Rochester on East Avenue. Both are Professors of Organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Profs. Higgs and Laver will present a colorful program designed to highlight two organs housed at Christ Church: a historical reconstruction of a Lithuanian organ built in 1776, and an American organ from 1893. The program will include music by composers both old and recent, including Johann Sebastian Bach, Jeanne Demessieux, and Florence Price. Please join us at rocago.org on April 30 at 7:30pm for the premiere of this prerecorded concert.

 

David Higgs is Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards Department at the Eastman School of Music. One of America’s leading concert organists, he performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and has inaugurated many important new instruments including St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Vienna; the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas; St. Albans Cathedral, England; St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, Ireland; and the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City. He performs, teaches, and adjudicates at festivals and competitions throughout the world, including the International Organ Festivals and Competitions of Bremen, Germany; the Leipzig Bach Competition, Germany; the Gottfried Silbermann Competition in Freiberg, Germany; Calgary, Canada; Dublin, Ireland; Odense, Denmark; Varzi, Italy; Redlands and San Anselmo, California; and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. For over twenty years he performed annual holiday organ concerts at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Mr. Higgs has recorded for Delos International, Pro Organo, Arsis, Loft, and Gothic records.

 

Anne Laver is Assistant Professor of Organ and University Organist at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music, and is Visiting Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music, 2020-2021. She performs frequently in the United States and Europe and has been a featured recitalist and clinician at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists,
the Organ Historical Society, the Society for Seventeenth Century Music, the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Festival, the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, and the Göteborg International Organ Academy in Goteborg, Sweden. In 2010, she was awarded second prize in the prestigious American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition in Organ
Performance (NYACOP). Anne’s performances have been aired on radio programs including The Organ Loft on the Pacific Northwest’s Classic KING FM, American Public Media’s Pipedreams, WXXI Public Broadcasting’s With Heart and Voice, and Nebraska Public Radio’s Nebraska Concerts series. She released her debut recording, “Reflections of Light” on the Loft
label in March 2019. The Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS) is administered by the Rochester chapter
of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), collaborating with the Eastman School of Music, WXXI, and several local churches to invite some of today’s leading concert organists to perform on Rochester’s rich array of pipe organs. More information on the concert series can be found at rocago.org.

 

Suggested donations of $12 are welcome and made possible through our website.

Previous Concerts from the 2020-2021 Season:

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The Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS) presents a virtual concert of five Eastman organists performing on several historic instruments in the Rochester area, including those housed at Third Presbyterian Church Rochester, NY, St. Paul’s Episcopal Rochester, NY, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua, NY. Organists Ryan Chan, Daniel Chang, James Kealey, Jiaqi Shao, and Jennifer Shin were five of nine young organists chosen to be semi-finalists in the prestigious National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP), sponsored by the American Guild of Organists before its cancelation due to COVID-19.

 

 

Past Recitalists

Todd Wilson (2009-10)
Michel Bouvard (2009-10)
Joan Lippincott (2009-10)
Cherry Rhodes (2010-11)
John Scott (2010-11)
Olivier Latry (2010-11)
Bruce Neswick (2011-12)
Janette Fishell (2011-12)
David Briggs (2011-12)
Ken Cowan (2012-13)
Stephen Tharp (2012-13)
Isabelle Demers (2012-13)
Edoardo Bellotti (2013-14)
Alan Morrison (2013-14)
Stefan Engels (2013-14)
Nathan Laube (2014-15)
Thomas Trotter (2014-15)
Thomas Murray (2014-15)
Diane Meredith Belcher (2015-16)
David Higgs (2015-16)
Bill Porter (2016-17)
Scott Dettra (2016-17)
Vincent Dubois (2016-17)
Stephen Tharp (2017-18)
Edoardo Bellotti (2017-18)
Bine Bryndorf (2017-18)
Renee Anne Louprette (2018-19)
Nathan Laube (2018-19)
Arvid Gast (2018-19)
Simon Johnson (2019-2020)
Michel Bouvard (2019-2020)

 

 

 

The Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS) is administered by the Rochester AGO Chapter,

collaborating with the Eastman School of Music, WXXI, and several local churches.

 

Together we bring to Rochester some of today’s leading concert organists to perform on our wide array

of pipe organs.

 

Past performers have included Olivier Latry, Cherry Rhodes, and Thomas Trotter, among many others.

As part of the collaboration, usually one of the concerts is performed by a member of the Eastman organ faculty

as a benefit for the series.

 

The twofold aim of RCORS entails engaging the artist in a public recital as well as in a pedagogical setting.

Eastman organ students have the opportunity to interact directly with the visiting organist in a masterclass

in which players typically choose repertoire geared towards the artist's specialty or area of expertise.

Though intended for participation by Eastman organ students, Rochester AGO Chapter members and the general public are welcome and encouraged to attend these masterclasses for an enhanced weekend of pipe organ discovery!