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Organ Recital by Rodney Gehrke (In-Person & Livestream)

Sunday, November 7 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

Our organ recital series features some of the finest organists playing one of America’s great organs. Grace Cathedral’s 7,466-pipe Aeolian-Skinner instrument, the Charles B. Alexander Memorial Organ (1934), is one of the first and finest American classic style organs, and is among the largest church organs in the West. Experiencing music in our gothic cathedral with its unique acoustics, soaring nave and jewel-like stained glass windows is a feast for the ears, eyes and soul. 

The cathedral will open for seating at 3:30 pm.

We are concerned for everyone’s safety. Proof of full vaccination, name/email for contact tracing, and masks are required for in-person attendance.  

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Program

Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 546 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Chorale prelude on “Vor deinen Thron tret’ ich hiermit,” BWV 668 – Bach

Wondrous Love: Variations on a Shape-Note Hymn, Op. 34 – Samuel Barber (1910 – 1981)

Apparition de l’Église éternelle – Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)

Preludio ‘Sine nomine’, from Six Pieces – Herbert Howells (1892 – 1983)

Organ Psalms – Heinz Werner Zimmermann (b. 1930)

About the organist 

Rodney Gehrke has just accepted the post of Director of Music at St. Dunstan’s Church in Carmel Valley. Previously he served All Saints’ Church in Palo Alto as well as Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco and was also Organ Professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 1985, in observance of J.S. Bach’s 300th birthday, Rod played the complete organ works of Bach in 12 recitals. In 2011, he played a recital in the church most commonly associated with Bach: St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany. Later that year he was the keynote presenter for the 100th anniversary of Seoul Theological University, Korea, where he played a recital, led an Episcopal liturgy and offered two days of master classes. In 2015 he played two programs on the large Fisk organ in Minato Mirai Concert Hall in Yokohama, Japan. He returned to Germany in 2016 to play a recital at Meissen Cathedral. In 2018 he played a program at Amsterdam’s largest church, Westerkerk. He has played numerous recitals at Stanford University’s Memorial Church, as well as at other venues in the Bay Area and beyond.

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