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Wednesday, March 8 Organ Recital

Angela Kraft Cross, Guest Organist

Wednesday, March 15 Organ Recital Namhee Han, Guest Organist
Wednesday, March 22 Organ Demostration Samuel Soria, Cathedral Organist
Wednesday, March 29 Organ Recital Namhee Han, Guest Organist
Wednesday, April 5 Organ Recital Samuel Soria, Cathedral Organist
Wednesday, April 12 Organ Demonstration Samuel Soria, Cathedral Organist
Wednesday, April 19 Organ Recital Mark Husey, Guest Organist
Wednesday, April 26 Organ Recital Gary Desmond, Guest Organist

 

Angela Kraft Cross , San Francisco Bay Area organist, pianist and composer, graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 1980 with bachelor's degrees in Physics and Organ Performance. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Loma Linda University, where she subsequently completed her residency in ophthalmology. In 1993, she completed her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the College of Notre Dame with Thomas LaRatta, with whom she continues to study. Her organ teachers have included Louis Robilliard, Marie-Louise Langlais, Sandra Soderlund, S. Leslie Grow, William Porter and Garth Peacock. In 2001, she was awarded the Associateship credential of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO) after passing rigorous playing and written examinations. She has studied composition with Pamela Decker in recent years.

 

Namhee Han holds Master's and Doctoral degrees in organ performance and, additionally, in applied linguistics from UCLA. She has coached, among others, with Marie-Claire Alain, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Jean Guillou, David Craighead, Frederick Swann, Marilyn Keiser, and Paul Jacobs. Namhee has been a featured artist at National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists and performs in the major organ venues in the Southland. Constantly expanding the repertoire of her artistic expressions, she has performed with Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Symphony and GRAMMY Award winning Southwest Chamber Music (harpsichord and harmonium), and regularly collaborates with instrumentalists, orchestras and choral groups. Her performance projects include playing solo and duo organ pieces for the DVD "The Story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ" . Namhee is also the resident organist at Westwood Presbyterian Church in LA. More information including her recordings and performance samples can be found at http://organmusicfromtheheart.com.


Mark Husey, award-winning and critically-acclaimed American organist is the Principal Organist at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood where he assists in leading a multicultural music ministry in the Jesuit tradition, playing weekly liturgies on a 1928 four-manual, fifty-five rank Casavant. In addition to being project liaison with the Peragallo Organ Company and the Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude for their first pipe organ (Peragalloís first installation in the Southwest), he recently completed ten years as Organist and Choirmaster at historic Saint Peter's Catholic Church where his YouTube channels of over 700 videos of sacred choral and organ music garnered over 3.3 million views combined. Husey previously served on the faculty rosters of the University of Miami and Florida International University, and was accompanist and tenor with Florida Grand Opera's Education Outreach and Chorus. With additional performances in United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, the Czech Republic, and China, he was the first American-born organist and choral clinician to perform and lead workshops in Southwest Russia under the sponsorship of the State Philharmonia on Caucasus Mineral Waters. http://mhusey.com



Gary Desmond
first studied the organ with Clifford Harker at Bristol Cathedral and then spent four years at the Royal Academy of Music with Douglas Hawkridge (organ) and Roy Jesson (piano). After leaving the Academy, he became a pupil of Susi Jeans and has since studied with David Sanger and David Briggs. For many years, Gary was Organist and Director of Music at the City Parish Church of St Stephen, Bristol, where he arranged a busy annual music program, and also served as Director of Music at Bristol Grammar Junior School. While at St Stephenís, he directed the choir in broadcasts on BBC Television and Radio and was also conductor of the St Stephenís Singers. On three occasions Gary was elected President of the Bristol and District Organistsí Association and has served several terms as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Incorporated Association of Organists. He is frequently invited to be the accompanist and organist for local choirs and choral societies and he has also acted as organist for BBC Radio Bristol. Gary Desmond has given many recitals in the Bristol area. Other have included St Paulís Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and other cathedrals and churches in the UK. He has also given recitals in Germany and has played regularly in the recital series at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris. Visits to the USA have included concerts in First Congregational Church in Los Angeles, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco and Washington National Cathedral.


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