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James David Christie
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2013 Welcome Message:
Welcome to the 2013 edition of the McGill Summer Organ Academy. The exciting new member of the Academy this year is Hans-Ola Ericsson who is also a new professor in the Faculty of Music at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University and our new Chair of Organ and Church Music. I am very pleased that McGill has been able to bring him from Sweden to Canada, and I feel confident about the future.
Prof. Ericsson will be teaching a course in contemporary organ music for which he is well known. You will also have occasion to hear him playing early music on the the classical French organ in Redpath Hall in the opening concert of the Academy (July 9). In this programme he will be performing with baroque flautist, Lena Weman Ericsson, who is the new Chair of Early Music at the Schulich School of Music. Also, you will have the possibility to hear him play a programme of symphonic music on the 1891 Casavant in Notre Dame Basilica on Sunday, July 14. He is also well known as a composer and his works have been performed at leading European Festivals.
The February 2013 issue of the American Organist has just run an article by Kimberly Marshall entitled "The Organ of the Future in Sweden's Studio Acusticum" which was one of Ericsson's most recent projects. It makes for interesting reading. He has also been involved in many historic organ restoration projects in Scandinavia. Perhaps most noteworthy among these projects is the early 17th-century organ in Övertoneå which Harald Vogel has called one of the "five star" organs in Northern Europe. This confirms my strong belief that an artist who is well grounded in historical matters is not afraid of the future and is more likely to embrace a more adventurous musical language. It also seems to me that historically informed performances are now a cornerstone of our musical experience.
I look forward to greeting many old friends at the 2013 Academy and hopefully many new friends as well. You are welcome to come for Week 1 or for Week 2, but better still the the entire Academy. Please do not hesitate to contact Devon or Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
John Grew, Artistic Director
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