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Frederick Teardo gives a DMA recital of Franck, Elgar, and more on Woolsey Hall’s incomparable Newberry Organ

September 28, 2010

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital by organist Frederick Teardo on Thursday, October 14 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, corner of Grove Street, New Haven). The concert will feature music from Schumann to Elgar to the present day.

Teardo will open the program with the first movement of Elgar’s Sonata for Organ, Op. 28, and will continue with excerpts from Schumann’s Studies for the Pedal Organ, Op. 56. Complete works will include César Franck’s deeply expressive Prière (Prayer), Op. 20, and Marcel Dupré’s Prelude and Fugue in B Major, Op. 7, No. 1, written “for a triumphal solemnity.” The newest work on the program is Aaron Travers’s Three Pieces for Organ, written in 2000. Max Reger’s virtuosic Fantasy on the Chorale “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” Op. 52, No. 2, will conclude the program.

The Newberry Memorial Organ is one of the most renowned Romantic organs in the world. Originally built in 1902, it was rebuilt in both 1915 and 1928 and boasts 12,617 pipes, comprising 197 ranks and 166 stops. It offers a wealth of expressive possibilities to the performer.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Performer

Frederick Teardo is Associate Organist at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York City. Mr. Teardo received both the MM and MMA degrees from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. During his time at Yale, he was Yale University Chapel Organist and later Assistant Organist at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. Frederick Teardo has won first prize in numerous competitions: the 1997 L. Cameron Johnson Competition, the 1999 AGO Region I Competition for Young Organists, the 2001 Augustana Arts/Reuter Competition, and the 2002 Wells Competition for Young Organists. He has performed in such venues as St. Bartholomew’s Church (New York), Grace Cathedral (San Francisco), Trinity Church (Copley Square, Boston), and Princeton University Chapel. He has also been a featured performer at Regional and National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the 2004 National Convention of the Organ Historical Society, on the NPR program Pipedreams, and in a segment on the revived interest of the pipe organ on ABC’s World News Tonight. He is featured on three currently released recordings, including Charles Ives: Songs on Naxos. Forthcoming are two more recordings, both with the Saint Thomas Choir.

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