Tortolano to present organ concert at Stowe Community Church on September 30

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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

12:00 Noon





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

Prelude                                                                        1875-1956




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

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm