INTERNATIONAL CONCERT ARTIST


Her very extensive repertory - from the 15th to the 20th century - allows her to offer recitals that are appropriate to organs of different styles. She gives great importance to bringing out the best sonorities of each instrument and to adapting her playing to the acoustics of each building.

In 1981, in order to better discover and interpret European music on historic European organs, she came to live in Paris. Several days before leaving the United States, she performed in an Ecumenical Concert given at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston, interpreting Olivier Messiaen's "Outbursts of Joy", in honor of the Pope John Paul II.



Several dates of her concerts:

October 26, 1983, interpretation with the composer of Jean Langlais' Double Fantasy for Two Organists, during his concert in Royal Festival Hall in London;
October 28, 1988, an all-Franck program on the A. Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Saint-Godard Church in Rouen, France, in homage to André Marchal; the same she had played heard at Northwestern University in Chicago, during his last American tour in 1974;

September 10th, 2006, performance of L. Vierne's Carillon de Westminster in a concert commemorating Marie-Claire Alain's 80th birthday, at the Church in Saint-Germain-en Laye with Marc Fitze, Marie-Louise Langlais, Guy Bovet, Luigi-Ferdinando Tagliavini, George Baker, Marianne Noisette de Crauzat, François Espinasse, Hans-Eugen and Eliane Frischknecht, Michel Bouvard, Susan Landale and Philippe Lefebvre.  


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Hans Eugene Frischknecht, Marie-Claire Alain,
Georges Baker, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini and Susan Landale


She has performed many centennials, inaugurations and special events:

 

-on March 25, 1995, a centennial concert for the creation of the Schola Cantorum at the Auditorium Marcel Dupré in Meudon, France, with the Gregorian Women's Choir of Paris;
-on October 9, 1998, a centennial concert for the construction of the Aristide Cavaillé-Coll organ in Saint-Sever (France), performing Pierre Griveau's Variations on the Name of Cavaillé-Coll;
-in 1999, several recitals on Cavaillé-Coll organs in France for the centenary of the death of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll;
-on June 12, 2003, with the viola da gambist Jonathan Dunford, organized and performed a five-hour humanitarian benefit concert in Paris for peace and solidarity in Irak;

           -on June 20, 2003, inauguration of the Festival for Liberty in Ussel (Haute-Corrèze, France), for the celebration of the French-American alliances;

-in 2005, two concerts for the first Europa Bach Festival in Paris;

-in 2008, three concerts celebrating the centenary of the birth of Olivier Messiaen: June 12, on the Messiaen's organ at the Trinité Church in Paris (for the Festival Trinité Messiaen 2008), September 23rd at the Saint-Paul Church in Strasburg (for the Festival Musica) and on October 8, in the Hill auditorium at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor;

-on January 11, 2009, the centenial concert of the installation of the Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Saint-Antoine-des-Quinze-Vingts Church in Paris.



She loves to share the joy of music with others, especially in chamber music. She has given concerts with singers (notably with Mady Mesplé in Louis Vierne's Angelus and with Magali Léger), instrumentalists (bell players, flutists, French horn, oboists, organists, saxophonists, trumpeters, violinists and violoncellists), choirs, brass groups and orchestras.


She also plays contemporary music. It offers her the occasion to discover works whose modern outlook stems from a high culture and a shared spirituality.



Among her world premieres:

-Jean-Pierre Griveau's Introduction et Variations sur le nom de Cavaillé-Coll, on October 9, 1998, for the Centenary of the Inauguration of the A. Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Abbatial Church in Saint-Sever, France;
-Hervé Lacombe's Aria for violin and organ, with Solange Dessane at the Trinité Church in Paris, France on October 3, 2002;
-Daniel Pinkham's Panoply on December 8, 2002, in a concert honoring Nadia and Lili Boulanger at the Trinité Church in Paris, France;
-Fabrice Grégorutti's Et Verbum caro, Cantata with the Choir and Orchestra of La Trinité Church in Paris, France, on December 17, 2005;

-Jacques Castérède's Regards sur la Genèse and Jacques Charpentier's Ubi caritas for unison women's voices and organ, on June 12 2008, on Messiaen's organ at the Trinité Church in Paris, with a women's choir directed by Sylvain Dieudonné;

-Thierry Blondeau's Zimmerlinmusik, on the Dott organ in the home of Delphine and Daniel Zimmer in Barr (Alsace).



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