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Concert in Arna church

15.09.2013
19:00to20:30

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.

Program:

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

Concert: Organ Marathon in Arna church

06.07.2013
17:00to21:00

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.

The “rounds”:

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)

Vår Frelsers kirke, Haugesund

21.09.2013
12:00to13:00

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.

Program

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.

New recordings

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

Organ concert in Arna church

25.04.2012
20:00to21:30

During “Culture Days” in Arna, I will have my first organ concert as organist/director of music in Arna church.

The organ of Arna church, was built in 1955 by Norwegian organ builder, Jørgensen. As many organs produced in the 40s, 50s and 60s, there were some fairly large issues with the organ, mostly electrical errors, but also damaged pipes etc.

All these issues led to a conclusion in the mid-1990s, that the organ had to be demolished, and there was a fund raising to collect money to build a new organ. Fortunately, one of my predecessors, discovered that the organ had many, many good qualities. They were just hidden behind all the electrical issues. After a while, he managed to convince the church of Bergen that a restoration of the organ would be sufficient.

So a couple of years ago, the organ was restored, repaired and enlarged, with 3 additional stops, which gives the organ a total of 43 stops, making it one of the largest instrument in Bergen municipality, except those found in downtown Bergen. During the restoration, air pressure inside the organ’s bellows, were increased, making it a much more powerfull organ than it was originally.

I’m very excited about this concert, and looking forward to perform my first of many organ concerts in Arna church.

 

Admission: Free

Program

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Toccata & Fugue, “Dorian”, BWV 538

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707): Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott, BuxWV 184

Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911): Grand Choeur, op. 84

Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992): From “La Nativité du Seigneur”: Jésus accepte la Souffrance

Flor Peeters (1903 – 1986): Aria, op. 51

César Franck (1822 – 1890): Choral no. 3, a minor

Just a little update

This weekend, I was in Skien church in Telemark county, to play a concert. For those who don’t know so much about Norwegian organs and churches, Skien church has the third largest organ in Norway with 70 stops (not sure how many ranks…), only exceeded by Nidaros Cathedral and Oslo Concert-Hall.

At this concert I played some repertoire by Bach, Buxtehude and Guilmant. I arrived very late friday night, due to a 2 hour flight-delay, and saturday I practiced between some weddings.

Late saturday night (not sure about what time it was, I was very exhausted) I did a little recording for my aunt.
She loves the Toccata by Charles-Marie Widor, and she has nagged me for years to make a special recording for her, with me playing it, but I haven’t an organ to do a proper recording of this piece, until now.

So I did this little recording saturday night. Enjoy!

Charles-Marie Widor: Toccata from Symphonie no. 5 (recorded in Skien church)

What’s happened here??

Ok, so my website is gone. Or is it?

A couple of days ago, I realised that the world of web-design is moving way ahead of me, and because I don’t do this for a living, and doesn’t really have the time to re-invent myself all the time, I figured that I just as well could get a website were it would be a lot easier for me to post news and those other things that I had on my website.

So I went WordPress, because it’s said to be super-easy to maintain. So far so good. Eventually, I will do a couple of changes to this design, but currently, I think I’ll stick with it.