Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1 p.m.
Friday, October 31, 2014, 8 p.m.
Annual Halloween concert
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto
$10 at the door
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 2 p.m.
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a Fulbright Award which took him to South America, where he catalogued 13 Cavaille-Coll organs and brought back many unpublished manuscripts.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.