Oct 24, 2023

Alcée Chriss III, Organ Recital

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A person with dark hair wearing a brown turtleneck under a dark gray suit coat stands toward the camera with large organ pipes behind them.

Alcée Chriss III. Photo © Emily Gan.

Northrop Presents
Alcée Chriss III, Organ Recital


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Kari Schloner

Greetings, and welcome to Northrop! I’m delighted that you are joining us during the 2023-24 Northrop Season. In true Northrop fashion, this season brings a breadth of preeminent artists to the Twin Cities, offering audiences the chance to revisit long-time favorites, discover new gems, and even catch two world premieres of works that are part of the Northrop Centennial Commissions program. I hope you will explore everything we have to offer across dance, music, film, and this year’s Spotlight Series, Moving Through Injustice.

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Kari Schloner

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Jeff Bieganek

Greetings and welcome to Northrop,

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Jeff Bieganek

Northrop Advisory Board Chair

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission

The Program

'Comes Autumn Time                        
     (Leo Sowerby, 1895-1968)

Six Canonic Studies, Op. 56, No. 4 in A-Flat Major
     (Robert Schumann, 1810-1856)

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: I. Non-Allegro            
     (Sergei Rachmaninoff, 1873-1943)
     Transcribed for organ by Alcée Chriss III (b. 1992)

     (Rachel Laurin, b. 1961)    

-- Intermission --  

Symphony in D Minor, M. 48: II. Allegretto             
     (César Franck, 1822-1890)    
     Arranged by Alcée Chriss III    

Holiday Suite: I. Waltz in the Ballroom            
     (Percy Whitlock, 1903-1946)

     (Florence Price, 1887-1953)       

Fugue on B-A-C-H, op. 46            
     (Max Reger, 1873-1916)

A featured star in the PBS documentary Pipe Dreams (2019), Alcee Chriss III is an organist and keyboardist from Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Chriss is the winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and the Firmin Swinnen Silver Medal at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He has been celebrated for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency” by the Journal Assist News, Albuquerque. And of his most recent solo recording at Montreal Symphony Hall, Art et Rhapsodie (2019), the American Record Guide wrote that “he plays with clarity, imagination, musicality, virtuosity, and yes, personality.”

Dr. Chriss has performed throughout North America and Europe. Recent and upcoming performances include the International Orgelsommer (Stuttgart, Germany), Stockholm City Hall (Sweden), and as soloist with the Montreal Symphony in a performance of Copland’s Symphony for Organ and Orchestra. Other engagements include the Princeton University Chapel, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and International Organ Summer Karlsruhe, Germany. In Jul 2022 he was a featured performer at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists, held in Seattle, WA.

In Jul 2019, Dr. Chriss was appointed as University Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University, where he teaches courses in organ and keyboard skills. In Oct 2019, he was awarded his Doctorate of Music degree from McGill University, where he studied with Hans-Ola Ericsson. He previously studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received his Master’s degree in historical keyboard and a Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance, studying with Olivier Latry, Marie-Louise Langlais, and James David Christie.

Dr. Chriss is active as a church musician, guest lecturer, and remains engaged with his lifelong love of gospel and jazz music. He is currently Assistant Organist at Trinity Church Wall Street, New York City, and serves on the editorial board of Vox Humana magazine.

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