St. Andrew’s Organ Concert Series to feature Gregory Crowell

 Please join us at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, where the second concert in the 2018-19 St. Andrew’s Organ Concert series will feature the mastery of Gregory Crowell on our beautiful Fritts organ. 

Gregory Crowell, University Organist and Affiliate Professor of Music General Education at Grand Valley State University, and Director of Music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will play German baroque masters, Muffat, Krieger, and J.S. Bach as well as the contemporary composer James Woodman.  

Gregory Crowell has appeared as organist, harpsichordist, clavichordist, lecturer, and conductor in Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Canada, and the United States. He has performed in many international festivals and conventions, including the Boston Early Music Festival, Regional V Convention of the American Guild of Organists, nine National Conventions of the Organ Historical Society, the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, the Fontana Chamber Music Festival, the Boston Clavichord Society, the International Clavichord Symposium (Magnano, Italy), and numerous meetings of the Southeastern and Midwestern Historical Keyboard Societies. Particularly noted for his performances of the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Crowell has been a featured performer at the Weener (Germany) International Bach Series, the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, the Old West Organ Society (Boston) Bach Marathon, and the Valparaiso Bach Institute. In the spring of 2000, Dr. Crowell was invited to perform and lecture in the Bach Organ Festival held at St. Luke’s in Tokyo, during which time he also served as visiting scholar at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. In July 2006, Crowell was invited to speak on interdisciplinary models of teaching music history at Oxford University as part of the Oxford Round Table. 

Crowell’s solo performances have been described as “beautiful, flexible, expressive” (The Diapason), “full of panache and expression” (Ostfriesen Kurier), “reliable as a sunrise, steady as a rock” (The Grand Rapids Press), “masterful” (North American Keyboard Society), “this listener cannot recall ever having heard better” (The Boston Herald), and “his stylish, lickety-split passagework brought the program to a dazzling conclusion” (The Tracker).

Please invite your friends and family to a lovely afternoon of music, followed by a festive reception. All concerts in the series are free and open to the public, but we solicit donations to help us with upkeep and maintenance of our beautiful organ.