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Young Organists Show Promise


A half-hour joint recital occurred at King’s Chapel, Boston, on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 12:15 p.m. This was the 15th Annual Young Organists Initiative Showcase Recital, sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, a program that awards scholarships for lessons.

First up was Peter Lam, thirteen, a young lad from Stow, MA, who shows promise as an organist. He offered three pieces, J. S. Bach’s “little” Prelude and Fugue in C Major; Louis Vierne’s (1870-1937) Préambule, Op. 31; and Marcel Dupré’s (1886-1971) Antiphon. He is well trained by John Robinson and shows a good rhythmic sense, an attention to form, and a keen sense of registration. The Vierne, in particular, was nicely laid out.

Seventeen-year-old Joan Brunetta, a Cambridge resident who studies with Stuart Foster, offered one piece, J. S. Bach’s “little” Prelude in F Major.

Peter Rudewicz, fifteen, from Tyngsboro, offered snippets of suites of Louis-Nicholas Clérambault (1676-1749) and Léon Boëllman (1862-1897), and a famous piece by Louis Couperin (1626-1661), his Chaconne in g Minor. Rudewicz, who shows a fine sense of registration, studies with Permelia Sears. Boëllman’s Suite Gothique, in particular “Prière à Notre Dame” was fetching. It was thrilling to have a superior piece to end this recital.

Support for this recital series comes from Trinity Church Concord, First Parish Swampscott, Lexington’s Spectrum Music, and several individuals.

Larry Phillips studied music at Harvard, the Montreal Conservatory, and at New England Conservatory. In 1974 he was a prizewinner at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, Belgium.


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