9 - 08 - 2019 (FIDAY) H. 20:15

 

OCCUR:

Kevin Clarke (USA) - organy

 

Repertoir: 

Louis Marchand (1669-1732)
Dialogue in C

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
An Wasserflüssen Babylon BWV 653
Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV 548

Daniel Knaggs (*1983)
Book of Visions -12 pieces for solo organ
III. The Holy City
IV. He Shall Wipe Away Every Tear
X. The Seven Trumpets
XI. Night shall be no more

Max Reger (1873-1916)
Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor

KEVIN M. CLARKE

KEVIN M. CLARKE was born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. After several years of self- taught organ playing, Clarke studied with George Kent and Steven Martorella. He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Rhode Island College and his Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the New England Conservatory, Boston, where he studied with Frank Taylor and Yuko Hayashi. During that time he was organist and choirmaster of St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Providence. He has coached with Dr. Jesse Eschbach in French organ technique and style, as well as improvisation with Dr. George Baker and Philippe Lefebvre. In the art of choral conducting and training he has worked with Malcolm Archer, the late Sir David Willcocks and the late George Guest. Clarke has held positions at the Washington, D.C., National Cathedral; Bristol Cathedral, Bristol England; Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, Texas; and St. Mary’s Greenville, South Carolina. Beginning in July 2010, the Clarke family moved to the Houston, Texas, area to join the faculty of St. Nicholas School and to be Music Director of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Sugar Land, Texas. He is Artistic Director of the Piping Rock Singers, a semi-professional choral ensemble specializing in Medieval, Renaissance and Modern music. As a recitalist, Clarke has performed in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Italy, France, Great Britain, and Germany, where he played the world premiere of Hans-Dieter Karras's Symphony No. 2 for organ and orchestra. He has performed at Notre-Dame de Paris and in the Brucknertage 2018. He has represented the United States with performances in several international festivals including the Cervantino Festival International in Guanajuato, Mexico - the largest classical music festival in the Western Hemisphere; and the Morelia International Organ Festival in Morelia, Mexico - the largest organ festival in the Western Hemisphere. Clarke’s most recent recordings feature music of the English Cathedral tradition sung by the Incarnation Chancel Choir on the Pro Organo label, and an organ CD entitled “Trumpet Tunes” on the Prospect label and has appeared playing music of Steven Shewen and Leo Sowerby on the Albany record label. His newest release on the Pro Organo label entitled “A Sacred Romance” is a recording of French organ music, including works of Franck, Vierne, Widor and Messiaen. An all-Bach recital was released in 2011, recorded on the Fisk organ at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. Several of Clarke's compositions are published by St. James’s Press. His performances have been heard on National Public Radio and Organlive.com.