Christopher Houlihan's Fall 2013 tour
Birmingham: Reid Chapel at Samford University
Recital on October 27 at 2:30 PM features music by Bach, Liszt, Durufle, Vierne and Widor
Christopher Houlihan is a young, hip organist - and that phrase is not an oxymoron. He won wide acclaim for his performances of all six of the Louis Vierne organ symphonies last summer: The Wall Street Journal referred to his "dazzling performances," The New York Times praised his "flexibility and clarity" and the Los Angeles Times dubbed him an "eloquent musician."
Inside St. Paul's Episcopal Church
On Sunday, October 27 at 2:30 pm, Houlihan performs music by Bach, Liszt, Vierne and more at Samford University's Reid Chapel (800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham).Admission to the concert is free. For more information on Mr. Houlihan's recital and more events at Samford, please visit samford.edu/arts/events.
At age 25 Mr. Houlihan's international performing career is well underway having performed in major cities across the United States and Europe. With a refreshing and enthusiastic approach to his instrument, Houlihan's performances challenge the stereotype of a traditional organ concert. "There seems to be an idea that organ music is only spooky or religious," says Houlihan. "But the music I love to play is colorful, dynamic and exciting. An organ is really like a whole orchestra under one person's fingertips. What's more exciting than that?"
The young American musician Christopher Houlihan is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists. Houlihan's busy recital schedule sends him all over North America as well as to Europe. Houlihan studied with Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs at Juilliard and with John Rose at Trinity College. During a year abroad, he studied with Jean-Baptiste Robin at the conservatory in Versailles, France and performed for the then President and First Lady of the United States, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bush at the American Cathedral in Paris. Houlihan's recordings include music of Maurice Durufle and Jehan Alain (TH-72025) and Organ Symphony No. 2 by Louis Vierne (TH-72018), both on Towerhill Records. You can learn more about Christopher Houlihan and his supporters, the Houli Fans at christopherhoulihan.com. Christopher Houlihan news, photos, audio, and video can also be found at classicalmusiccommunications.com.
Christopher Houlihan, organist
Sunday, October 27, 2:30 PM
Reid Chapel at Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive.
Free Admission | samford.edu/arts/events
Widor: Allegro, from Symphony No. 6, opus 42, no. 2
Bach: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV 564
Duruflé: Prelude and Fugue on the name Alain
Louis Vierne: Carillon de Westminster, from 24 Pièces de Fantasie, opus 54
Liszt: Fantasy and Fugue on "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam"