Pipedreams Live!Opus 100: Lay Family Concert Organ Series
October 23 | 2016
Michael Barone Master-of-Ceremonies
James Diaz organ
Scott Dettra organ
Jonathan Gregoire organ
Monica Czausz organ
Prelude, from Suite, Op. 70
Fantasia on a theme of Hindemith
Preludes and Fugues in A-flat Major and F Minor
Final, from Symphony No. 5
Postlude, from Glagolitic Mass
"Night shall be no more" from Book of Visions
Finale, from Sunday Music
Pipedreams Live at the Meyerson features popular American Public Media broadcast host Michael Barone as master-of-ceremonies for a dynamic display of four outstanding Texas organists.
- Four Superb Organists Stir up Mighty Sounds at the Meyerson Symphony Center
by Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
Mention to an organist almost anywhere in the world that you're from Dallas and you'll be asked about the organ in the Meyerson Symphony Center. Built by the Massachusetts firm C.B. Fisk, inaugurated 24 years ago, it's that famous, its massive effect enhanced by the hall's rich acoustics.
Michael Barone, producer of the nationally broadcast radio program Pipedreams, made those very points Sunday afternoon, hosting a Pipedreams Live! presentation at the Meyerson. Opening this season's series of three organ recitals there, sponsored by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Barone served as emcee, introducing performers and pieces. Some of the chitchat with performers could have used editing.
Dallas has long been home to lots of great organists, and three of the current crop, plus a guest from Houston, lived up to the highest standards. There's hardly room to critique each of the program's 10 performances, but if any of the players wants a publicity quote, they are free to use "top-notch technique and musicianship."
The selections, all from the 20th and 21st centuries, were enterprising,and showed off everything from hushed shimmers to bone-crunching roars, undergirded by a 32' pedal reed that sounds like an enormous bass drum.