Organist Ken Cowan Concludes Pacific Symphony's Pedals and Pipes Series with Wagner, Bach, Mozart
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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.
Quotes & Highlights
“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