St. John's 2010 Concert Series
John Karl Hirten, organ - Sun, May 23, 4pm.
Jonathan Dimmock, organ - Sun, Sep 26, 4pm.
The Sanford Dole Ensemble - Sun, Oct 17, 4pm.
William Bennett, oboe - Sun, Nov 7, 4pm.
Tiffany Ng, organ - Sun, Nov 21, 4pm.
Marie Plette, soprano - Sun, Dec 5, 5pm. (Note later 5 pm start)
John Karl Hirten, Music Director at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere, is well-known to Bay Area audiences, appearing regularly in recital at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. He has been a finalist of the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation and is an award-winning composer. He will play a program of music by Bach, Buxtehude, Vivaldi, and Mendelssohn along with his own compositions. For more information go to http://www.hirten.com/high/index.html.
Organist Jonathan Dimmock is well-known internationally as a recitalist, choral conductor, vocal coach, accompanist, continuo player, San Francisco Symphony musician and church organist. He has held musical posts at Westminster Abbey in London, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City, and St. Mark's Cathedral in Minneapolis. He is co-founder of American Bach Soloists, founding director of AVE (Artists' Vocal Ensemble), and founding President of Art to the Nations, an global organization employing artists as catalysts of positive change within the context of international deliberations.
For more information go to http://home.comcast.net/~jedimmock/.
The popular Sanford Dole Ensemble, an audience favorite during St. John's centennial year concerts, returns to our concert series for another luminous performance of music both old and new. As a youth, ensemble leader Sanford Dole was an active participant in musical activities at St. John's, and later grew up to become a distinguished professional vocalist and one of the finest choral conductors the Bay Area.
For more information go to http://www.sde.org/.
Widely acclaimed as one of the country's most important and accomplished masters of the oboe, San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist Bill Bennett has shared his gifts with St. John's congregation on a number of occasions, as special musical offerings during church services. This coming fall, we are honored to present Bill in our concert series, when he brings his mesmerizing technical virtuosity and unique artistry to a full recital program.
For more information go to http://tiny.cc/WilliamBennett.
Tiffany Ng works closely with living composers to bring innovative organ and carillon music to audiences in North America and Europe. She makes her west coast organ debut with some repertoire classics in counterpoint to three premieres. Matthew Suttor's "Syntagma," commissioned by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, will receive its first west coast performance with Suttor himself joining the audience. Franco-Japanese composer Paul Takahashi's "Invisible Motions," winner of the 2005 Hinsz Prize, brings the harmonies and rhythms of Romania to the pipe organ in its American premiere, and Neil Thornock's monumental "Perpetual Undulation" will conclude the concert with a rolling wall of sound. For more information go to http://tiny.cc/TiffanyNg.
We welcome the radiant soprano Marie Plette, a Berkeley resident and one of the most distinguished singers to emerge from the San Francisco Opera's prestigious Merola Opera program. A frequent guest artist at the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera and the San Francisco Opera, Ms. Plette will perform a special program of festive Advent music, including settings of holiday favorites and seasonal carols.
For more information go to http://tiny.cc/MariePlette.
St. John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
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