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Internationally acclaimed organ virtuoso Hector Olivera makes his Northrop debut in a program that features works by Meyerbeer, Elmore, Franck, Vierne, and more. Beginning years ago as a child prodigy in Buenos Aires, the Juilliard-trained organist now commands the finest organs on the world stage. Acclaimed for his prodigious technical proficiency and the uncanny effect he has on his audience, Maestro Olivera is a passionate, gifted, and unique musician, whose personal interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world.

The event will begin with the premiere of a 45-minute documentary, The Northrop Organ: Past, Present and Future. The film tells the story of Northrop’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, Opus 892, from its beginning in 1932 to the present day. The documentary is produced by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in anticipation of the regional convention in the Twin Cities coming July, 2023.

This event will be captioned, with other accessibility services available upon request.

 


An evening with Mr. Olivera has been described as, “an event, a happening, a joyful celebration of the sheer power and pressure that a true virtuoso like Hector Olivera can unleash in a concert hall.” —The Times

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The Twin Cities American Guild of Organists was established in 1910 as a branch of the original American Guild of Organists headquartered in New York City in 1896. Today, the Twin Cities chapter is made up of 345 organ connoisseurs from around the metro area and across Minnesota. The organization produced the film documentary included within the kickoff event which features Northrop’s newly renovated Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ.

  • How can music, specifically classical music, be used to connect local communities across a national and global level who share similar interests in an individual instrument? 
  • Why is it important to see music live and how does attending an in-person performance shift how you experience the sound?
  • How does the documentary presented by the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists chapter affect your understanding of the organ? Did your mindset shift after learning more about the history and context of the instrument? 

Hector Olivera has been deemed by organ aficionados as one of the greatest organists of our time and an extraordinary improviser. He has performed as a soloist in countless prestigious venues and orchestras all over the world, including the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and recently close to home with the Minnesota Orchestra. He has even performed for numerous notable figures throughout his decades-long career, including the legendary Eva Perón. 

  • Why is it important to celebrate and support classical music, especially in the twenty-first century?
  • How does one distinguish a good musician from a great musician? Is it technique, charisma, artistry, or something else?
  • How has the role of improvisation in Western music evolved over time? Consider the continuo in Baroque music, the cadenza in Concerto form, and the jazz solo, among others.

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