James Welch Organist


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Thursday and Friday, May 26-27, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Nicholas Welch, piano; James Welch, organ; Michael Adduci, oboe and English horn
Post Chapel, San Francisco Presidio
130 Fisher Loop
San Francisco, CA 94129

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 4 p.m.
St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church
28005 Robinson Canyon Road
Carmel Valley, California 93923
$20; students free

Sunday, June 19, 2016, 7 p.m.
Holy Cross Church
126 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Free-will offering

Friday, June 24, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Nicholas and James Welch
First United Methodist Church
305 E. Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101 Free

Sunday, July 3, 2016, 7 p.m.
Barbara Cramer, Soprano
James Welch, Organ
Nicholas Welch, Piano
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ensign Stake Center
135 A Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

Friday, Sep 2, 2016, 7 p.m.
100th Anniversary of the Murray Harris organ
Mayflower Presbyterian Church
141 - 14th St.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7 p.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Monmouth, Oregon

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 1 p.m.
Danish Days
Bethania Lutheran Church
Solvang, California

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a Fulbright Award which took him to South America, where he catalogued 13 Cavaille-Coll organs and brought back many unpublished manuscripts.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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