This favorite late-night musical event has now returned: post-Compline organ music!
These informal mini-concerts have introduced generations of Seattleites to the power and beauty of a real pipe organ. All are welcome to listen in the nave, or join the organist in the loft to see what playing an instrument of this size is really like. (The radio program, "The Organ Loft," which airs on KING-FM immediately following Compline each week, was inspired by this tradition.)
The new iteration of this offering, called Organ by Night, will be offered on the third Sunday each month. Stay tuned for further announcements about the schedule of upcoming organists.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 10 P.M. (after Compline)
Compline Choir Director Jason Anderson will offer this Advent Organ by Night, featuring works by Near, Rippen, Walcha, Pachelbel, and Deimer.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 10 P.M. (after Compline)
Organ by Night -- a twenty-minute organ concert after Compline on the third Sunday night of the month -- will be offered by Saint Mark's Associate Organist, John Stuntebeck. In anticipation of the season, he will improvise and play compositions on Advent themes by Marcel Dupré, Rebecca Groom te Velde, and Dieterich Buxtehude. As is the Organ by Night custom, John will be happy to answer listeners' questions after the last piece in the program. Typically the questions are about the mighty Flentrop organ, the music played, and the player's own journey as an organist.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 10:00 P.M. (after Compline) On October 17 Canon Kleinschmidt will join in celebrating the 65th anniversary of The Compline Choir by offering Messiaen's Vision of the Eternal Church. Then, in anticipation of Halloween, he will play two brief pieces associated with phantoms: Alain's Fantasmagorie, and Bach's famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 10:00 P.M. (after Compline). For the first Organ by Night on Sunday, August 22, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt will offer music on the Flentrop organ from Suites by G. H. Handel, Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, and Florence Price.