Concert organist praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique, and imaginative programming
November 17, 2019—Experience the incredible musicianship of organist Ken Cowan on the “overwhelmingly breathtaking” E. M. Skinner organ. Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique, and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, he maintains a rigorous performing schedule that takes him to major concert venues and churches in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. “Superb!” (The Diapason)
Concert repertoire on November 17 will include Pageant, by Leo Sowerby; a Humoresque by Canadian composer Rachel Laurin; two late-Romantic works of German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert, exploiting the many poetic colors of the Skinner organ; and a transcription of Richard Wagner’s Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music from his opera Die Walkure.
“…when you attend an organ concert here, the church’s unique surround sound will create a memory that will stay with you forever.”
Built by Nelson Barden & Associates of Boston, MA, the E. M. Skinner organ at the Church of the Transfiguration is a restoration and expansion of components from seventeen twentieth-century organs of the E. M. Skinner Organ Company. Consistent with the artwork in the Church, the rich variety of sounds and voices it can create give it the ability to “speak” a multitude of musical languages in prayer and praise to God. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of construction. The organ is on its final path to completion, and when completed, it will include 150 ranks and over 12,000 pipes that are suspended in mahogany cases over the two side aisles.
November 17, 3:30 pm
Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA
Tickets: $35, $30 Seniors, Free for students and young people18 and under
Call 508-240-2400 for ticket information and reservations, or purchase tickets online at churchofthetransfiguration.org
“… one of the most outstanding young organists on the scene today. His unassuming manner and his sure and relaxed technique hide a fiery yet totally musical approach to organ playing.” The Diapason
“… an absolutely stunning recital by Ken Cowan.” Organ Canada
“All in all, this evening was one of the most memorable organ performances we’ve heard in years. . . .” (2009 National Convention of the Organ Historical Society) ClevelandClassical.com
“COWAN GIVES MAJESTIC LIFE TO PIPE ORGAN” Kalamazoo
“… let me assure you that we who heard this recital came away convinced of a glorious future for organ playing.” The American Organist