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Isabelle Demers Organ Recital

Isabelle Demers Organ Recital
Date Sunday, March 24, 2019
3 p.m.
Location Benson Great Hall - View maps and directions
Instructions for GuestsThe Benson Great Hall is located in the Community Life Center. Park in the West parking lot.
CostThis is a free concert, no tickets are required.

Event Description

"There is no shortage of organists who make their instruments roar; and while her power was never in question, Demers made the instrument sing." (Peter Reed, Classical, England, 2016)

With playing described as having "bracing virtuosity" (Chicago Classical Review) and being "fearless and extraordinary" (Amarillo-Globe News), Isabelle Demers has enraptured listeners around the globe. Her 2010 recital for the International Society of Organbuilders-American Institute of Organbuilders convention "left the entire congress in an atmosphere of 'Demers fever'". That same year, her performance at the American Guild of Organists' national convention caused the standing-room-only audience to call her back to the stage five times.

She has appeared in recital in Germany, Great Britain, Oman, Australia, New Zealand, and coast to coast in the United States and Canada. 2018-2019 season highlights include performances at the Maison Symphonique (Montreal), the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), City Hall (Stockholm), the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and Westminster Abbey (London).

Dr. Demers is in continual demand by her fellow colleagues as witnessed by performances for numerous regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Institute of Organ Builders and International Society of Organbuilders, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the Organ Historical Society.

Her first recording on the Acis label, The Old and the New, was met with critical acclaim. Fanfare Magazine called it a "brilliantly played program." Her second disc, featuring the organ works of Rachel Laurin, was released in June 2011, and her recording of Max Reger's Seven Chorale-Fantasias in November 2012. Bach, Bull, and Bombardes (Pro Organo) was released in May 2013. In 2018, she appeared as solo organ accompanist in a recording of Maurice Durufle's Requiem with the Baylor University Choir, recorded at Durufle's church in Paris, also on the Acis label.

A native of Quebec and a doctoral graduate of the Juilliard School, Dr. Demers is Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas.

View the program for the afternoon.

Reception with light refreshments following the recital.


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