Organist Ken Cowan Concludes Pacific Symphony's Pedals and Pipes Series with Wagner, Bach, MozartRenée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626)
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I'm a newbie to organ concerts..my only other one was to one at the Disney Hall so I just can only go on what my ears tell me. (ok..and eyes). While I would have enjoyed some "popular" organ pieces...again, I'm not up on my organ pieces...Cowan was amazing. His pedal footwork was incredible...he was like a dancer operating the pedals. His encore and the piece called "Pageant" showed his dexterity. (Imagine Michael Flatley playing the pedals!). To watch Cowan work the pedals was jaw-dropping.
I look forward to next year's organ series at the R&H Segerstrom Concert Hall.
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- "Sounds shifted, swelled and diminished in apparently limitless variety, all while Ken Cowan dispatched dizzying arrays of notes." --Dallas Morning News
- "It is difficult to find enough adjectives to describe Ken Cowan's playing. He is simply one of the best anywhere!" --The Diapason
- “Mr. Cowan’s technical mastery, expressivity, musicality, and sheer brilliance thrilled the convention audience.” --The American Organist
Pacific Symphony welcomes spellbinding young organist Ken Cowan for a recital full of color and complexity with works by Bach, Mozart, Wagner, Saint-Saens and more. Rumbling notes and rich, sweeping sounds surge from the hands of dynamic organ virtuoso Ken Cowan as he concludes Pacific Symphony’s new Pedals and Pipes series, which showcases the venue's $3.1 million William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.
As assistant professor of organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J., Cowan has been praised by The Diapason as “one of the most outstanding young organists on the scene today. His unassuming manner and his sure and relaxed technique hide a fiery yet totally musical approach to organ playing.” Taking full advantage of the organ’s huge range of possibilities, Cowan performs showpieces from Wagner’s operas “Tannhäuser” and “Die Meistersinger,” Saint-Saens' “Danse Macabre,” Widor’s “Symphony No. 5,” variations by Bach, Mozart and more for a one-night-only performance.
Widor: Allegro Vivace from Symphony No. 5
Bach: Sonata No. 2 for Flute (Siciliano)
Bach: Fugue a la gigue in G Major
Karg-Elert: Valse Mignonne
Mozart: Fantasia, K. 608
Wagner: Farewell Evening Star from Tannhäuser
Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger
About the Ticket Supplier: Pacific Symphony
Pacific Symphony, celebrating its 34th season in 2012-13, is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. The largest orchestra formed in the U.S. in the last 40 years, the Symphony is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scene, as well as in its own burgeoning community of Orange County. Presenting more than 100 concerts a year and a rich array of education and community programs, the Symphony reaches more than 275,000 residents -- from schoolchildren to senior citizens.
The Symphony offers a popular Pops season led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman. The Pops series stars some of the world's leading entertainers, and is enhanced by state-of-the-art video and sound. Each Pacific Symphony season also includes Café Ludwig, a three-concert chamber music series, and "Classical Connections," an orchestral series on Sunday afternoons offering rich explorations of selected works led by St.Clair. Assistant Conductor Maxim Eshkenazy brings a passionate commitment to building the next generation of audience and performer through his leadership of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra as well as the highly regarded Family Musical Mornings series.
The Symphony offers moving musical experiences with repertoire ranging from the great orchestral masterworks to music from today's most prominent composers, highlighted by the annual American Composers Festival. The Wall Street Journal said, "Carl St.Clair, the Pacific Symphony's dynamic music director, has devoted 19 years to building not only the orchestra's skills but also the audience's trust and musical sophistication so successfully that they can now present some of the most innovative programming in American classical music to its fast-growing, rapidly diversifying community."
In addition to its winter home, the Symphony presents a summer outdoor series at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, the organization's summer residence since 1987.