Sacred Classics program - July 18 - 19, 2020


Frederick Swann's Concert at the 88-rank pipe organ of St. Paul's Church, Bermuda


          ST. PAUL'S CHURCH                                          FREDERICK SWANN

    World-renowned virtuoso organist FREDERICK SWANN, seen by millions in the 1980s on the Hour of Power TV program from California's famed Crystal Cathedral, performed at Bermuda's largest pipe organ in a live concert on Oct. 24, 2004. It was a great pleasure for me to host this concert in Bermuda for our Sacred Classics broadcast, having known him personally for more than 45 years. This program featuring his exciting music and interesting commentary is repeated by popular demand.

    Dr. Swann has degrees in music "with distinction" from Northwestern University and the School of Sacred Music at New York's Union Theological Seminary, where he studied with Charles M. Courboin. He also substituted for more than a year as organist at Brick Presbyterian Church, during the illness of Clarence Dickinson, while simultaneously assisting the celebrated organist and composer Harold Friedell at St. Bartholomew's Church. Beginning in 1952, he became an organist at Riverside Church (NY), joining the legendary Virgil Fox. By the mid-1960s, Fox was no longer there and Dr. Swann became Organist and Music Director, conducting the famed 75-voice professional choir.

    As a concert organist of international fame, he has performed more than 3,000 recitals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, and Passau Cathedral in Germany. He is often chosen to perform the inaugural concerts for new organs, such as Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and YounDong Presbyterian Church, in Seoul, Korea. A month before this concert in Bermuda, he dedicated the unique Walt Disney Concert Hall organ in Los Angeles.

    In recognition of his distinguished career, he has been honored as a "Fellow" by the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO). He was President of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) 2002-2008. The AGO also bestowed upon him the "Fellow" distinction, the first time this honor was bestowed honoris causa in its more than 125-year history.

                                                              — Jim Howes, Host and Producer, Sacred Classics

Fred Swann Concert Playlist:

    Fanfare    -   William Mathias (1934-1992)

    Symphonic Chorale "Jesus, Lead the Way"    -   Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1879-1933)

    Sonata, op. 132, no. 8: Introduction and Passacaglia    -   Joseph Rheinberger (1839-1910)

    Lyric Rhapsody    -   Searle Wright (1918-2004)

    Petite Suite: Introduction, Intermezzo, Finale    -   Gerald Bales (1919-2002)

    Meditation    -   Maurice Durufle (1902-1986)

    Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue    -   Healey Willan (1880-1968)

    Encores from a concerto by Arcangelo Corelli and Amazing Grace

Choral music also on this  Sacred Classics program:

    The Creation:   Achieved is the Glorious Work;  Sing to the Lord;   Hail, Mighty God   -   Franz Joseph Haydn

    Rheinberger-Psalm 89

    Nearer My God to Thee

    This is My Father's Word

    God is My Rock    -   Premiere of anthem composed and conducted by Paul Leddington-Wright, commissioned for the 50th Anniversary of the Ocean Grove,  NJ,  Choir Festival in 2004

    To God Be the Glory

    Greater Love Hath No Man    -   John Ireland

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