“French Reverence” Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble

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Marcel Dupré:Poème héroïque
Marcel Dupré:Symphony-Passion
Maurice Ravel:Pavane for a Dead Princess, arr. Craig Garner.
Alexandre Guilmant: Symphony No. 1, Op. 42, arr. Craig Garner
Healey Willan: "How They So Softly Rest," arr. Craig Garner.


Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble
Corrado Cavalli, organist
Jonathan Rudy, organist
Stephen Squires, conductor

Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble: “French Reverence”

For its season finale, the Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble celebrates French music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in a one-time-only concert that features, as guest artists, the esteemed resident organists of St. John Cantius Church performing on a historic instrument ideally suited to the repertoire. Highlights include Gargoyle-commissioned arrangements of Alexandre Guilmant's colorful, power-packed Symphony No. 1, Op. 42, and Maurce Ravel's popularPavane for a Dead Princess, which evokes dance music of Renaissance Spain.

“The Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble plays with warmth, elegance, and panache,” says Fanfare magazine. “[They] are perfect companions for the music lover in need of calming nourishment.”

Featured Composers

Henri Dallier
Jean Francaix
Wilhelm Middelschulte
Anthony Newman
Henri Nibelle
Camille Saint-Saens
Gerhard Strecke
Tomislav Vodakovic

About the Artist

Brink Bush is one of the leading interpreters of German Romantic organ music in the world today. He has performed and has made an extensive study of the organ works of the German-American composer, Wilhelm Middelschulte (1863-1943). He has performed throughout the United States, Germany, France, Austria, Israel and made his German debut at the Berlin Cathedral in 2001. Bush has given his lecture, “Wilhelm Middelschulte, his Life and Works” at Yale University, University of Iowa and for the National Convention of the American Guild of Organist, Chicago 2006. He was featured on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams” in a program titled Bach, Bush and Middelschulte. His New York debut was heard at Trinity Church Wall Street during the “Virgil Fox Legacy Twenty-fifth Anniversary Concert Weekend” and he is editor of the book “The Innermost Secrets” by T. Ernest Nichols, a book about the performance technique of the late great Virgil Fox. Brink’s CD, Heavy Pedal was most recently heard on BBC Radio 3, Late Junction Show featuring the Perpetuum Mobile for pedals alone of Middelschulte.  Brink presented a lecture about Middelschulte at National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston, June 2014. In 2015 he premiered the J. S. Bach/Middelschulte version of the Goldberg Variations at Harvard University and Westminster Cathedral, London.
Brink serves at Organist-Director of Music for Sainte Anne Parish in Salem MA.

Musical Samples - Brink Bush, Organist