On November 2, Organist Chad Winterfeldt will play the organ for a majestic and spiritual fall recital. Winterfeldt, an instructor of organ at Gustavus Adolphus College, will present his faculty recital which will be comprised of music by Olivier Messiaen and Johann Sebastian Bach. The performance will take place on Saturday, November 2 in Christ Chapel at 7:30 p.m.
For the program, Dr. Winterfeldt wrote, “This recital presents organ music of two intensely spiritual composers, Olivier Messiaen and Johann Sebastian Bach, who expressed their deep religious conviction in rich musical symbolism. Both musicians used the compositional styles and techniques of their time to portray timeless evocations of biblical events, theological perspectives, and personal beliefs. From the majestic and thunderous chordal repetitions of Messiaen’s Apparition of the Eternal Church to the intimate and plaintive melody of Bach’s Before your Throne I now Appear, the compositions on this program reveal in pictorial and abstract music language many facets of spiritual life.”
The recital begins with Messiaen’s Apparition of the Eternal Church. This is followed by Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E flat Major, BWV 552. After a brief intermission, the recital will continue with Before your Throne I now Appear, by Bach. The recital concludes with all four movements of Messiaen’s L’ascension.
Gustavus Department of Music hosts Chad Winterfeldt’s faculty organ recital on Saturday, November 2nd. The recital will take place in Christ Chapel at 7:30 p.m. and it is free and open to the public.