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Holy Cross Chapel Artist Series to Feature Two Highly-Acclaimed Organists

March 28th, 2017 by 

Tom Rettig

The College of the Holy Cross will present two organ concerts in its Chapel Artist Series this spring. Both concerts will be held in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel at 3 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Edoardo Bellotti will perform on Sunday, April 2. Bellotti is the artistic director of the Smarano Organ Academy in Italy and serves as professor of harpsichord and organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He is a leading expert in the performance of historic Italian organ music. He has performed throughout the world, and this concert will be his first appearance in the Chapel Artists Series at the College.

Bellotti will present a program of diverse Italian and North German baroque organ works.

Organist Hans-Ola Ericsson and baroque flutist Lena Weman will perform on Sunday, April 23. Ericsson is the leading concert organist of Sweden and moved to Montreal, Canada in 2011 to become chair and professor of organ at McGill University. He is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the music of Olivier Messiaen, and he is known for his performances of contemporary organ music. In addition, Ericsson has recorded extensively, performs regularly around the world as an organ soloist, and is an accomplished composer. In the summer of 1990, he was an instructor at the summer course for new music in Darmstadt, Germany, known as “Darmstädter Ferienkurse,” and was awarded the prestigious Kranichsteiner Musikpreis.

Weman, also a native of Sweden, is a baroque flutist and recorder virtuoso. She is the chair of the early music department at McGill University. Weman has recorded extensively with orchestras as well as a soloist and has served as principal flutist of the Drottningholm Baroque ensemble for almost 20 years. In addition to being a leading virtuoso on the baroque flute and recorder, Weman also plays the viola da gamba.

Ericsson and Weman will present a mixed program of music for solo organ, baroque flute and recorder from Sweden and North Germany.

For additional information about the Chapel Artist Series, please contact the music department at 508-793-2296.

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Comments (1)
  1. Santo Artusa Esq says:

    This is going to be a great event..can’t wait! I am sure it will be well reviewed as the rest!