David Fienen to Present Organ Recital in Christ Chapel

Posted on September 13th, 2006 by

Christ Chapel organist and professor of music David Fienen will present a faculty recital in Christ Chapel on Saturday, September 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This performance is sponsored by Christ Chapel and the Department of Music and is free and open to the public.

David Fienen is in his 34th year as cantor and organist of Christ Chapel. He also serves as Director of General Education at Gustavus and holds the Edgar F. and Ethel Johnson Chair in Fine Arts. During his long tenure on the faculty, Fienen has presented numerous solo recitals and has provided special music to many worship services in Christ Chapel. In addition to his work in the Chapel and in music, he has served as Associate Dean and (interim) Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

He has performed recitals widely in the United States and Europe. Locally he is organist for Musicorum and keyboardist with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured on several recordings and has toured with a number of Gustavus music ensembles, including the Gustavus Wind Orchestra’s return to central and eastern Europe in January, 2006.

For this performance, he will open with Bach’s Piece d’Orgue, followed by Buxtehude’s Nun lob, mein Seel. Toccata, Aria and Fugue, a work by Jan Bender, the German composer with whom Fienen has studied and whose works he has published in the Commemorative Edition of the Organ Works of Jan Bender, is the third work on the program. Fienen then continues with Mozart’s Allegro and Andante and concludes the program with Cesar Franck’s Grand Piece Symphonique, Opus 17.

Saturday’s organ recital by David Fienen begins at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. It is free and open to the public.


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