Join us again this year for a spectacular season of musical performances!
The organWORX team welcomes music lovers to its third season featuring:
our acclaimed artistic director, organist Jenny Vincent, along side CBC Radio arts producer, Matthew Parsons as they "Fill in the Bach";
followed by the musical genius, in concert, of world-renowned organ virtuoso Adam J. Brakel called "one of the most talented organists in the world" by the Chicago Tribune;
and the return of some of the most talented voices in Canada as Oceanside's professional chamber choir, the Schooner Cove Singers finish off the season. Conducted by Dr. Elroy Friesen, the choir will perform a program featuring the choral music of Great Britain.
Come and enjoy the future of organ music!
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Knox United Church,
345 Pym Street, Parksville.
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Monday - Friday
9:00 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 3:00
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Over her career, Jenny has played an eclectic mix of instruments ranging from the iconic Hammond B-3 jazz organ to Casavant Freres - 3000+ pipe organ. She has performed as a soloist throughout Canada and the United States and eagerly shares the stage with other world class musicians, choirs and her organist colleagues. It is Jenny's passion to make the organ a valued and accepted musical instrument in our mainstream society. Founded by Jenny, organWORX will allow our oceanside communities of Vancouver Island to listen to some of the world's finest organists in concert as well as share the stage in exciting concert with other musicians! Truly, extraordinary music is beginning here!
"Jenny Vincent is a gifted organist with skill and dedication, who brings music to sparkling life. Sharing a concert series with her, presenting the complete organ works of Bach was an inspiring experience."
Christ Church Cathedral
"Jenny is a true collaborator - confident and open-minded. She has brilliant technique and is always musical, making our recent RCCO performance (2015) a huge success. "
Dr. Elroy Duane Friesen
Isabelle Demers, a native of Quebec and a graduate of the Julliard School, is Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University, Texas. Her playing is described as having "bracing virtuosity" (Chicago Classical Review). Reviewers define Ms. Demers' performances as spellbinding and "expressive...profound and searching" (RSCM's Church Music Quarterly). She receives numerous invitations to perform for the American Guild of Organists and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Ms. Demers is represented in North America by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.
They're back! organWORX is happy to present the return of this thrilling duo featuring mind-boggling commentary by CBC's Bob McDonald - science guru, host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks, and author of several books - topped off with exquisite music played by Jenny Vincent on the organ. Audiences will be enraptured by this fascinating, breathtaking and entertaining program, wrapped up with spectacular visuals on two large screens. Not to be missed.
This special program features Oceanside's professional chamber choir in a performance of music describing the beautiful paintings of marine artist Tony Grove, a resident of Gabriola Island. The repertoire will include works by Canadain composers and arrangers as well as pieces commissioned specifically for the Schooner Cove Singers. Paintings by Tony Grove will be on display in the Knox Hall. Mr. Grove is well-known in the art world. An accomplished boat-builder by trade, his talents as an artist show clearly his love of the water and his boats. His interpretations in acrylics will be captured by the choir's singing, accompanied by Jenny Vincent's expressions on the organ.
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Quirks and Quarks’ Bob McDonald featured in first performance of organ series
Listen to Jenny Vincent - organWORX artistic director's interview on Vancouver CBC radio's popular morning show with host Sheryl MacKay!
OrganWORX to feature unlikely duet with harpist
Janelle Nadeau, Jenny Vincent hope to get audience in Parksville hooked on instruments’ versatility. For their upcoming concert at Knox United Church on Sunday, Jan. 14, their shared mission is to get the audience hooked on both the harp and the organ.
The inaugural performance by the Schooner Cove Singers (SCS) on Sunday May 27, 2018 was nothing less than spectacular - a strong statement of what is yet to come.
Dr. Elroy Friesen, SCS Artistic Director/Conductor, and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Manitoba, set the tone perfectly with the opening piece, And As I Awake (Stephanie Martin). The choir entered from the back, placed themselves around the audience and enveloped everyone with the most magnificent, rich sounds.
The Requiem (Maurice Durufle), a highlighted work on the program, was sublime indeed, with Elroy's personal touches evident. The base of the work, Gregorian Chant, flowed throughout the work beautifully (especially in the sensitive organ accompaniment by Jenny Vincent).
Ms. Vincent, Founder of SCS (and Artistic Director for organWORX) began the second half with her jaw-dropping performance of French composer Rachel Laurin's Toccata. If anyone missed attending this concert and ever has the opportunity to hear/watch Jenny play this work, do not pass it up. The tempo is fast...beyond presto...and the physical energies and technical capabilities needed were almost unbelievable. Jenny is one of Canada's finest, most highly esteemed organists for good reason - demonstrated brilliantly here.
Submitted by Mary Leigh Warden
The summery, warm day on June 16 was leading to an evening meant for barbeques and lounging outdoors; the weekend was packed with other long-awaited, local events. Still, many folks eagerly attended the organ recital by Alcee Chriss, winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition, touted as being a rising star. After being witness to tonight's performance, all in the audience, can put a definite stamp on that projection. Indeed, Alcee Chriss is a rising star of spectacular proportions. There is no doubt about that.
Mr. Chriss opened his program with J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532 - a no-messing-around statement that showed the exemplary technical skills praised by reviewers and adjudicators world-wide. In a word - brilliant.
From there, Chriss moved to a composition by Florence Price, In a Quiet Mood - dreamlike visions unfolded, with a sense of hovering and floating over landscapes and seascapes and personal thought-scapes. A note to the audience by Mr. Chriss: Ms. Price was the first female composer to have a work premiered by a symphony orchestra. Given her African-American heritage and the unfair segregation at the time, Ms. Price never was allowed into the concert halls to hear her composition played.
The Florence Price piece was the perfect lead-in to movement #1 from Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, OP. 45 (transcribed for organ by Alcee Chriss). Price's dreamlike state was transferred to Rachmaninoff's surfacing urgencies mixed with crystal bell arpeggios, thoughtful sensitivities and hints of national pride...all wrapped up in a beautiful, subdued finish.
Epilogue, OP. 50, by French composer Rachel Laurin, opened the second half of the program. Mr. Chriss' sensitive and carefully hued playing highlighted the juxtaposing of contemporary with traditional hymn-like phrases, then the blending of the two together. Powerful emotions were created here.
At this point, Mr. Chriss took his skills to the genre of jazz. Rhapsody After Art (originally transcribed by Art Tatum, then re-transcribed by Alcee Chriss), an arrangement that paraphrases the familiar Blue Skies, made it clear that Alcee Chriss' talents have no borders.
Submitted by Mary Leigh Warden
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