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RCYO Winners Recital

Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:00PM



Eddie Zheng and Cecily DeMarco, the 2019 and 2021 first-prize winners of the AGO/Quimby Northeast Regional Competition for Young Organists and students at The Juilliard School, will offer a joint recital on the magnificent 86-rank Schantz organ. This recital also celebrates the National AGO "Year of the Young Organist" initiative.

Program:


Played by Cecily DeMarco:
Aleluyas
Simon Preston (b. 1938)

Pastorale, Op. 19
César Franck (1822-1890)

I. [Allegro]
(from TRIO SONATA NO. 1 IN E FLAT MAJOR, BWV 525)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

II. Andante Sostenuto
(from SYMPHONIE NO. 9, OP. 70, 'GOTHIQUE')
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Litanies, JA 119
Jehan Alain (1911-1940)

Played by Eddie Zheng:
I. Allegro maestoso
(from SONATA NO. 1 IN G MAJOR, OP. 28)
Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

No. 4 in A Flat Major
(from SIX CANONIC STUDIES FOR ORGAN, OP. 56)
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß, BWV 622
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

This hour-long program is free and open to all. Attendees must show proof of vaccination against Covid-19, and all attendees must wear masks. The event will also be live-streamed via the Chapter Facebook page.

Eddie Zheng, a native of New York City, is a B.M./M.M. student of Paul Jacobs at the Juilliard School. In addition to the 2019 RCYO prize, he was the winner of the 2018 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition and the 2019 Brooklyn AGO Organ Scholarship Competition. Eddie attended the Juilliard Pre-College division for two years, studying with Matthew Lewis. Eddie has performed across North America, including in New York (Saint Patrick's Cathedral), New Haven (Church of the Redeemer), and Montreal (Saint James United Church), as well as in China at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, Beijing Concert Hall, and the Beijing Golden Sail Concert Hall. Eddie is currently Artist in Residence at the Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church on the Upper West Side. He has also held positions as Organ Scholar at Hitchcock Presbyterian, Calvary Baptist, and Rye Presbyterian Church.

A native of Boca Raton, Florida, Cecily DeMarco is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School where she is studying with Paul Jacobs. For three years, she studied with Dr. Terry Yount at the Saint Andrews Conservatory in Sanford, Florida. Recently she has appeared in recital at New York's Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Saint Agnes Church and is scheduled to perform at the 2022 AGO National Convention in Seattle.


   

2021 President's Day Conference



This year's 2021 President's Day Conference took place entirely virtually, with programs beginning at 3pm EST on Monday, February 15, 2021. Click here to view full details of the event. Videos are below. A sincere thank you to all who attended as well as those who made this wonderful event possible!

Program 1: The French Influence in Contemporary Organ Building, Composition, and Performance - Panel Discussion
Program 2: Performing French Classical Organ Repertoire Today with Dr. Andrew Henderson
Program 3: Recital from Saint Bartholomew's Church, Park Avenue by Christopher Houlihan


The NYCAGO is offering two online series of videos, Pipe Organs of NYC, taking the viewer on a virtual musical tour of the grand instruments of our Chapter, as well as Behind The Pipes: Organ Building in NYC. These videos go live on Monday nights at 7 PM EST and are archived on our Chapter YouTube page here.

Pipe Organs of NYC

Episode 1 - Monday, October 12, 2020: Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Episode 2 - Monday, October 19, 2020: Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue & Grace Church
Episode 3 - Monday, October 26, 2020: The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine
Episode 4 - Monday, November 16, 2020: Saint James' Church & Church of the Resurrection
Episode 5 - Monday, November 30, 2020: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian & The Riverside Church
Episode 6 - Monday, February 8, 2021: Temple Emanu-El
Episode 7 - Monday, February 22, 2021: Church of the Ascension Catholic & Saint Joseph's Yorkville
Episode 8 - Monday, March 8, 2021: Saint Ignatius Loyola and Saint Vincent Ferrer
Episode 9 - Monday, May 10, 2021: Holy Apostles and Old Saint Patrick's
Episode 10 - Monday, May 17, 2021: First Presbyterian Church and Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church


Behind the Pipes: Organ Building in NYC

Episode 1 - Monday, November 9, 2020: Second Hand Splendor: The Organ Clearing House at 60



The NYCAGO Board has established a committee to address issues of diversity within the Chapter. The committee members are Janet Yieh, Sam Bartlett, Nathanial Gumbs, and Larry Long. In observance of National African American (Black) History Month, the Committee has compiled a list of resources for organ music by African-American composers.

Please consult this useful list available here. It will remain available on our Chapter website as well. If members know of other works, please email them to Larry Long, and they will be added to this list.


In the February Newsletter, the Chapter was saddened to announce the death of John Weaver. Here is a more detailed remembrance of one of America's finest concert organists who was a dear colleague and mentor to many Chapter members.


If you have any questions about the AGO website or to submit additions to the NYCAGO Concert Calendar, please email Sam Bartlett at samueldavisbartlett@gmail.com.

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