Four hands on the keys!

On Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 pm, two masters of the organ, Dana Robinson and Paul Tegels, will join hands to forge a new milestone in the popular St. Andrew’s Organ Concert Series for 2018-19. This year’s series is presented in honor of the great organ teacher and mentor, Yuko Hayashi, and features several of her students.

The program will include two 4-hand arrangements of Mozart compositions: an arrangement of a string quartet, and an arrangement of a divertimento for winds. Very different in style and complexity, the string quartet is in the form of Adagio and Fugue, and is very chromatic and intricate; the divertimento arrangement is called ‘Sonatina’, it is in several movements, and is much lighter in character.
The other part of the program are some of Yuko Hayashi’s favorites. Yuko was our teacher at the New England Conservatory in the 1980’s. The selections include the Bach chorale “Schmücke dich”, the Bach organ arrangement of a Vivaldi concerto for two violins and orchestra (in a minor), selections from the Second Suite of the French Baroque composer Clérambault, and the 4th Triosonata by Bach.

Dana Robinson, a native of Boston, has performed on some of the most significant modern and historic organs in the United States, and has presented recitals, master classes, and lectures for the Boston and River Valley chapters of the American Guild of Organists, the Round Lake Historical Society, Boston’s First Night festival, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, the Old West Organ Society, Baroque Artists of Champaign, and the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society. He has also appeared with The Boston Cecilia, Baroque Artists of Champaign, and with Dutch organist Paul Tegels, with whom he gives frequent duet recitals. His performances are frequently featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, Pipedreams. An active church musician, Professor Robinson has served as organist and choir master of Trinity Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa, and as organist and director of music for the Center of Faith and Life at Luther College. Professor Robinson is presently organist of Grace Lutheran Church in Champaign. He has held teaching appointments at Central College of Iowa, and Luther College. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Professor Robinson won the Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall Concerto Competition, and First Prize in the Arthur Poister Competition. In 1988 he received the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for study abroad. His principal teachers include George Faxon, Yuko Hayashi, Harald Vogel, and Delbert Disselhorst, and pianists Julius Chaloff and Kenneth Amada.

Paul Tegels, a native of the Netherlands, is Associate Professor of Music, and serves as University Organist at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance and Pedagogy and his Master of Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa, where he studied organ with Delores Bruch, and choral conducting with William Hatcher.
Other degrees and awards include the Artist Diploma and the Master of Music Degree in organ performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston where he studied with Yuko Hayashi and William Porter. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship from the Netherlands-America Commission for Educational Exchange.
He holds the teaching and performance degrees from the Stedelijk Conservatorium in Arnhem, The Netherlands, where he studied organ with Bert Matter and harpsichord with Cees Rosenhart. He has done extensive research on the organ and harpsichord concertos of Franz Joseph Haydn, and has played the first American performance of the Haydn Organ Concerto in D, Hoboken XVIII-2, of which he has prepared a performance edition. Currently he is working on a publication of 4 hand organ works/arrangements. He is past dean of the Tacoma Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is past president of the Westfield Center for Keyboard Studies.

Paul Tegels has performed extensively in solo and ensemble concerts in the United States, Europe, Japan, and New Zealand. He has performed at National Conventions of the Organ Historical Society, and has played some of the most significant organs in the US. As a lecturer, he has presented numerous programs at chapter meetings of the American Guild of Organists, and at other events.

Please join us for this amazing event. Admission is free, but we ask you to donate generously to support the Organ Concert Series and our Paul Fritts Opus 13 pipe organ.