Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

2017 - 2018: Sonic Structures

Pops II

A Heroic Music for Brass and Organ

Leif Bjaland, Conductor
Joseph Ripka, organist

January 29, 2017 - 4 PM
St. Michael's Parish,
25 South St., Litchfield

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Richard Strauss (1864-1949) -  Feierlicher Einzug (1909)           
Gaston Litaize (1909-1991) -  Prelude & Dance Fugue                

Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707)  - Prince of  Denmark March       
Henry Purcell  (1659-1695) -  Trumpet Tune                                
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)  - Toccata and Fugue in D minor     


10 Minute Intermission/Pause

Gabrieli (1510-1586) -  Ricercar del duodecimo tuono,  

Charles Ives  (1874-1954)  -  Variations on “America”               

Charles Widor (1844-1937)  - Toccata/5th Symphony                  
Marcel Dupré (1886-1971) -  Poème Héroïque, Op. 33             

Eugène Gigout (1844-1925) -  Choeur Dialogué                         

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Joseph Ripka/Organist, choir master


As the first prize winner of the 2008 Dublin International Organ Competition, the 2008 Fort Wayne National Organ Competition and the 2008 San Marino/Elizabeth Elftman National Organ Competition, Joseph Ripka has earned national and international recognition as one of today’s finest young organ talents.  Joseph was awarded first prize at the Dublin competition by a unanimous decision of all five international jurors...more

For more than four centuries, composers have used the combination of pipe organ and brass to portray the noblest of human emotions. This concert features WSO Music Director Leif Bjaland with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra’s brass section, and the outstanding organist Joseph Ripka, Organist and Choirmaster at Calvary Church in Stonington, CT.  The program is comprised of contrasting works including Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Gigout’s Grand Chorus in Dialogue,and Dupré’s Poème Héroïque.


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