James Welch Organist


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Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7 p.m.
Inaugural Recital on the Schoenstein Organ
St. Mark's Chapel
600 Colorado Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church
15th & H Streets
Eureka, CA 95501
Free-will offering

Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Monmouth, Oregon

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Music for the Easter Season
The Valparaiso Singers
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1105 Valparaiso Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 3:30 p.m.
Music for the Easter Season
with Stanford LDS Institute Performers
Stanford Memorial Church

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 7 p.m.
75th Anniversary of the Austin Organ
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Sunset Ward
1601 - 22nd Ave.
San Francisco, California 94122

June 5 & 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
"Pipe Organ Fantaisie" on the organ of the historic Presidio Chapel.
Works of Wagner, Bach, Widor, and more at the historic Presidio Chapel.
Also on the program: pianist Nicholas Welch and youth performers from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, Presidio of San Francisco.
Adults $15, Seniors $10, Children $5.
Reservations Hotline: 415 447-6274.

June 13 (4 p.m.) and June 14 (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.), 2014
Scotty's Castle
Death Valley, California

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
Presentation on Richard Purvis
AGO National Convention
Marriott Copley Place Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1 p.m.
Danish Days
Bethania Lutheran Church
Solvang, California
Free-will offering

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 2 p.m.
Organ Music for Cinco de Mayo
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Balboa Park
San Diego, California

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 8 p.m.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Paris, France

Sample Recital Programs

Below are descriptions of some specialty recitals that are offered. To request copies of any of these recital programs, contact James Welch.

Around the World -- in Under 80 Minutes. This entertaining program includes music from distant corners of the world ... Latin America, Asia, and Russia ... as well as the United States and Canada. Interesting for organists and non-organists alike.

A concert of Bach favorites. Entitled "Go Bach in Time" (or "Carry Me, Bach, to Old Thuringia"), this recital features all-time masterpieces under the headings Bach the Transcriber, Bach the Liturgist and Mathematician, Bach the Italian, Bach the Film Music Writer, Bach the Virtuoso, Bach as Wagner, Bach the Frenchman, The Chamber-Music Bach, and Bach the Ultimate. People come out of the woodwork for this program.

A program of Latin American Music. James Welch has spent several years living and researching the music of Latin America, principally in Mexico and Brazil. He received a Fulbright Award which took him to South America, where he catalogued 13 Cavaille-Coll organs and brought back many unpublished manuscripts. He has now edited and published three volumes of music by Mexican composers. Highly interesting material!

A program of Canadian organ music. There is a great deal of excellent music from Canada and few organists in the U.S. are familiar with it. Compositions by Willan, MacMillan, Bales, Cabena, Farnam; compositions from colonial Canada; music based on Native Indian tunes; a Schottisch inspired by the building of the Canada Pacific Railway; and some of Canada's newest compositions by Kloppers and Baker.

Beyond the Borders. A combination program of works from north and south of the U.S. borders -- music from both Canada and Mexico.

A Musical Heritage. James Welch has traced his tutorial lineage from Bach to the present (as everyone could do). This lineage includes Bach, Forkel, Kittel, Rinck, Mozart, Hesse, Lemmens, Widor, Guilmant, Vierne, Franck, Dupre, Tournemire, Schreiner, Langlais, Peeters, and Herbert Nanney. Not only were they all teachers, but they were composers as well. A recital with representative works from them is a good way to sustain audience interest.

The Ste. Clotilde Tradition. James Welch has done research on the succession of organists at Ste. Clotilde, including Franck, Pierne, Tournemire, Bonnal, and Langlais. Welch studied with Langlais in Paris. The recital includes representative works by these composers, including lesser-known works by Pierne and Bonnal.

A program of French Romantic works, including any of Vierne's six symphonies. (James Welch studied with Schreiner, who had studied with Vierne). Also Bonnet's "In Memoriam: Titanic" (a programmatic work about the sinking of the famous ship, written only months after the disaster); and works by Tournemire, Durufle, and Guy Weitz.

James Welch
3330 Saint Michael Drive
Palo Alto, California 94306-3057
650) 856-9700

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