In 2004, Fusa church celebrated the inauguration of their new organ, built by dutch organ builder Zicco Steendam. Now, Fusa church is celebrating the 10 year anniversary for the organ.
I have been invited to give an organ concert during this anniversary, and I’m looking forward to get to play on this beautiful instrument.
Christian Heinrich Rinck (1770 – 1846): Flute Concert, op. 55
Henry Heron (1730 – 1795): Cornet Voluntary
Charles-Marie Widor (1844 – 1937): From “Symphonie pour Orgue no. 1″: 3. Intermezzo
Arvo Pärt (b. 1935): Trivium
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707): Vater Unser im Himmelreich, BuxWV 219
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Prelude & fugue, Eb-major, BWV 552
I will play a concert in Arna church, where I will play a bit of the programme which I’m going to play in Haugesund at the Fartein Valen-festival.
Admission is free, but there will be a collection at the exit.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Piece d’Orgue
Maurice Duruflé: Meditation
Fartein Valen: Preludium & fuge, op. 33
Alexandre Guilmant: Sonata no. 5, c-minor
Duration: app. 1 hour
This thursday, I will give an organ concert in Bergen cathedral. Program is yet to be planned…
This saturday, we have an organ marathon going on in Arna church.
When I first started playing the organ, my uncle was my teacher. A few years earlier, on of my cousins also received education from our uncle. So this saturday all three of us will play a 45 minute program, separated by 30 minute breaks.
Tickets are NOK 100,- for each concert, or NOK 200,- for all three concerts.
5 PM: Kristen Øgaard (for many years organist in “Church of the cross” in downtown Bergen, as well as organist in Arna church from 2007 – 2010)
6.15 PM: Hallgeir Øgaard (Organist and Musical Director of Arna church from 2012)
7.30 PM: Sigurd Melvær Øgaard (Organist in Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Houston, as well as accompanist and organist for Bach Society Houston)
On easter monday, I will be playing a concert in Arna church together with russian flutist, Sofya Dudaeva. Both me and Sofya has our education from the Grieg Academy, and I’m looking forward to play this concert with her.
More information about the concert will be published later.
During the Fartein Valen Festival in September, I will play a concert in Vår Frelsers kirke (“Our Saviour’s Church”) in Haugesund. This church has a fairly new organ built by dutch organ builder Verschueren Orgelbouw which was dedicated in 2004. This organ replaced an organ built by G. F. Steinmeyer in 1954.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Piece d’Orgue
Charles-Marie Widor (1844 – 1937): Adagio, from Symphonie pour Orgue op. 42 no. 5
Fartein Valen (1887 – 1952): Preludium & Fuge, op. 33 (1939)
Maurice Durufle (1902 – 1986): Meditation
Felix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911): Choral et Fugue, from Sonata no. 5
For more information, please visit www.farteinvalen.no.
Last week, I played a concert in Bergen Cathedral. Videos from this concert is uploaded on YouTube. You can watch them directly from the “Video”-page.
Welcome to a great concert in Arna church this sunday evening. Alversund kammerkor (chamber choir) will perform Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem”, a well known, and very beautiful Requiem.
Alversund kammekor is based in Alversund, a small town 25 minutes from downtown Bergen. Alversund also happens to be my birth place and where I was raised, and from 2002 to 2008 I was employed as second organist in Alversund church, and got to work with Alversund kammerkor on several occations.
Odd Leif Mjøs is the conductor of Alversund kammerkor, and also is the musical director of Alversund church. He has made this choir to one of the best choirs in county of Hordaland, and during his time as conductor, they have performed several large pieces like St. Johns Passion (Bach), Messiah (Händel) and Requiem (by both Mozart, Duruflé and Fauré).
On this performance of Fauré’s Requiem, I will be playing the organ.
Complete program, with tickets information will be posted soon.
This thursday morning, I will be playing a small recital in Bergen Cathedral. The organ in Bergen cathedral was built by Rieger Orgelbau in 1997, and is by far the largest and most versatile organ in the city of Bergen, and Hordaland county.
Information about the program will be posted soon.
I’ve uploaded some recordings from my concert in Arna church 25th of April. I’ve replaced the recording of Bachs “Dorian”, recorded in Vardeneset church, with a recording from Arna church, and I’ve uploaded a recording of Cesar Franck’s Choral in a minor.
Especially on the latter one, you will hear a quite annoying squeaking noise. This is caused by one of the shutters in the swellbox for the Swell Organ, and it wasn’t fixed before the concert (actually, it hasn’t been fixed yet, but I hope to do some day).
Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata & Fuga, d minor “Dorian” – Arna church
Cesar Franck: Choral no. 3, a minor