Dr. William Tortolano will present a concert of organ music at the Stowe Community Church, in Stowe, on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 12:00 Noon.
A fifty year faculty member at Saint Michael's College, 91 year old Tortolano will perform a variety of musical styles that reflect the many tonal colors of the historic Simmons pipe organ. The program includes Biblical Sonata XIII by Heinrich Biber, with his violinist son, William III. Also known as the Mystical Sonatas, each of the 15 sonatas is tuned in an unusual manner, to reflect the “mystery”. Sonata is tuned as A, E, C#, D (!)
Three Jewish compositions by Reuven Kosakoff explore emotional liturgical modes. The great African-English composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor will be performed. Taylor was the inspiration for the later Harlem Renaissance.
Son, Jonathan, cellist, and his brother, will play the unusual, and rarely performed Music for Violin and Cello by the Russian composer, Gliere.
Recognized as an authority on Gregorian Chant, Dr. Tortolano will play the Mariales Suite by the Lebanese composer Naji Hakim. These blend the chant with Near Eastern sounds.
A free will offering will be available.
Organ Pipes From Stowe
Dr. William Tortolano II, Organist
And sons, William III, Violinist & Jonathan, Cellist
Stowe Community Church, Stowe, Vermont
Thursday, September 30, 2021
I. Three “Synagogue” Preludes Reuven Kosakoff
A Trio Studying the Scriptures
(Ahavoh Rabboh, “Great Love”)
Praise Him With Song and Dance
(Adonoy Moloch, “God Is Sovereign)
Theme and Variations
(Mogen Ovos, “Shield of Our Fathers”)
II. Mystery Sonata Heinrich Von Biber
This is Soncata XIII, from a set of 15,
each in Scordatura, i.e. unusual tunings.
This is tuned: A, E, C#, D
Violin & Organ
III. Black Lives Matter Samuel Coleridge Taylor
Arietta, Elegy and Melody (African-English)
IV. Music for Violin and Cello, Op. 39 Reyngol’d Gliere
Violin & Cello
V. Mariales For Organ Naji Hakim
Incantation (“Mater Admirabilis”)
Pastorale (“Regina Caeli”)
Antienne (“Salve Regina”)
Hymne (“Virgo Dei Genitrix”)
Danse (“Ave Maris Stella”)
A free will offering is appreciated