Baroque Organ Concertos with strings
La Follia's director Keith Womer performs concertos for organ and strings on the historic 1862 Holbrook Organ, with the La Follia string ensemble.
The concert features concertos by Handel, Mozart, Haydn, JC Bach and CPE Bach, with the La Follia string ensemble gracing and filling out the organ's vibrant color. In addition, concertmaster Stephen Redfield will join Mr. Womer to perform a Vivaldi concerto for organ and violin, and countertenor Nick Zammit will perform JS Bach arias for alto, obbligato organ, and strings.
The Holbrook Organ is one of the oldest organs in Texas, beautifully restored by the C.B. Fisk Organ Company. It is on extended loan from Harvard University and speaks into the beautiful, resonant acoustic of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Unlike many installations, the organ is located on the floor of the chancel, not in a loft, and relatively close to the audience. This will make the performance visually as well as acoustically immediate and satisfying.
Truly a work of art, this organ is meant to be seen as well as heard, and La Follia will show it off in style.
This concert is sponsored by the Austin Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Handel - Organ Concerto in F major, Op. 4, no. 5
Bach, J.S. - Mir ekelt mehr zu Leben, from BWV 170
Mozart - Epistle Sonata 15 in C major, K. 328
Haydn - Concerto in C major, Hob XVIII:10
Vivaldi - Concerto for Violin and Organ in C minor, RV 766
Bach, J.S. - Gott hat Alles wohl gemacht, from BWV 35
Bach, J.C. - Rondo in F major, Op. 13, no. 2
Bach, C.P.E - Keyboard Concerto in E-flat Major, Wq. 35
More on the Holbrook Organ
The instrument was built by Edwin L. Holbrook (1824‐1904) of East Medway, Massachusetts in 1862 and was first employed in the Universalist Church in Southbridge, Massachusetts. It was later removed by organist aficionado Barbara Owen and rebuilt and enlarged by Charles Fisk in 1966 (* indicate additions) and installed temporarily at Memorial Church at Harvard University until its transfer to Redeemer.
Manual (56 notes)
8’ Open Diapason, 8’ Stopped Diapason (divided compass), 4’ Octave, 4' Stopped Diapason, 2’ Fifteenth, II‐III Cornet (treble), III Mixture*
Pedal (30 notes) 16’ Bourdon, 8' Cornopean*
Slider chest, Mechanical key action, Mechanical stop action
Coupler: Manual to Pedal