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Paul Ellison to give a ‘challenge’ organ recital at Church of the Advent

Organist Paul Ellison with the 150 for 150 logo
Organist Paul Ellison with the 150 for 150 logo
courtesy of Paul Ellison

2014 is the 150th anniversary year for the British Royal College of Organists (RCO). To celebrate this occasion, RCO has launched the 150 for 150 Recital Challenge. The challenge will be for 150 organists from around the world to participate in a year-long recital series.

One of the participants in this challenge will be Paul Ellison, Director of Music at the Church of the Advent of Christ the King. His contributing recital will be this month’s Third Sunday Series concert at the Church. He has prepared a program of three rarely performed works:

  1. Antonio de Cabezón, Magnificat Quarti Toni: This will performed in an alternatim setting, providing “reflections” on the verses of the Magnificat canticle; each verse will be sung by members of the Schola Adventus, followed by the verset that Cabezón composed as a response.
  2. Thomas Tomkins, Fancy for Two to Play: As the title implies, this performance requires four hands at the console of a single organ; Adrian Borcea will join Ellison for this selection.
  3. Johannes Brahms, O Welt, ich muß dich laßen (O world, I must leave you): This is the composer’s very last piece, composed in 1896 within months of his death on April 3, 1897.

Third Sunday Series concerts begin at 4 p.m. Ellison’s recital will take place this Sunday, January 19. The Church of the Advent of Christ the King is located at 261 Fell Street, between Franklin Street and Gough Street. Admission is by donation with a suggested amount of between $10 and $20. For those coming by car, there is a parking lot adjacent to the church.

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