Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

James Kibbie Organ Concert, November 22, 2015

13 Oct 2015 9:59 AM | Matthew Lehman (Administrator)

JAMES KIBBIE, Chair of the Organ Department at the University of Michigan, will be coming to Rochester to offer a concert at St. John the Evangelist Church on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

Dr. Kibbie maintains a full schedule of concert, recording, and festival engagements throughout North America and Europe, including appearances at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Royal Festival Hall in London, Dvořak Hall in Prague, and Lincoln Center in New York. A frequent jury member of international organ competitions, he has himself been awarded the Grand Prix d'Interprétation atthe prestigious International Organ Competition of Chartres, France, and is also the only American to have won the International Organ Competition of the Prague Spring Festival in the former Czechoslovakia.

James Kibbie's performances have been broadcast on radio and television in the USA, Canada, and Europe. His already well-known audio holiday cards recorded on the Létourneau organ at his home as free internet downloads are a popular annual tradition.

He is an internationally renowned authority of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, having performed the complete cycle of Bach’s organ works in a series of 18 recitals. The recordings of these pieces have been met with enthusiastic critical acclaim.

His former students hold now key positions in college teaching and church music nationally. Dr. Kibbie is particularly proud of a perpetually endowed scholarship in his name at the University of Michigan to support students majoring in organ performance and church music.

His recital will include works by J.S. Bach, Jehan Alain, Charles Tournemire and Jirí Ropek.

Open to the public – free will offering.


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