Inaugural Organ Concert

To celebrate the restoration of our Casavant Opus 1344 organ, world-renowned organist Isabelle Demers will be giving a concert.

Sunday, May 29 at 3pm

PROGRAMME

Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 146
by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685‑1750)
trans. Marcel Dupré
Impromptu sur le Choral de Luther, op. 69
by Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813‑1888)
Solemn Melody
by Henry Walford Davies (1869‑1941)
arr. John T. West
Introduction and Passacaglia on a Theme by Raymond Daveluy, op. 44
by Rachel Laurin (b. 1961)
Allegretto from Symphonie en ré mineur, FW 48
by César Franck (1822‑1890)

trans. Calvin Hampton
Symphonie #1 en ré mineur, op. 14
Allegro Vivace
Final
by Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Isabelle Demers
Concert Organist

“There is no shortage of organists who make their instruments roar; and while her power was never in question, Demers made the instrument sing.”

— Peter Reed, Classical Source.com, England, 2016

With playing described as having “bracing virtuosity” (Chicago Classical Review) and being “fearless and extraordinary” (Amarillo-Globe News), Isabelle Demers has enraptured critics, presenters, and audience members around the globe.

She has appeared in recital throughout Europe, Oman, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Canada, including at the Cathedrals of Cologne and Regensburg (Germany); the ElbPhilharmonie (Hamburg); the Royal Festival Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey (London); City Hall (Stockholm); the Royal Opera House of Muscat (Oman); the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing, China); Victoria Hall (Singapore); Melbourne Town Hall (Australia); Auckland Town Hall (New Zealand); Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Davies Hall (San Francisco), the Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), the Kimmel Center, and the Wanamaker Organ at Macy’s (Philadelphia); and the Maison Symphonique (Montréal).

Dr. Demers is in continual high demand by her colleagues as witnessed by performances for numerous regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Institute of Organ Builders and International Society of Organbuilders, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the Organ Historical Society. She has released multiple CD recordings on the Acis and Pro Organo labels. Her latest CD, recorded at Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel, was released in January 2020, and includes works of Reger, Laurin, Dupré, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Macmillan.

A native of Québec and a doctoral graduate of the Juilliard School, Dr. Demers is Associate Professor of Organ at McGill University (Montréal, Québec). She was formerly the Joyce Bowden Chair in Organ and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University (Waco, Texas).