Lunchkonsert ons12 okt 12.00 med amerikanske organisten James D Hicks

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PROGRAM

Fredrik Sixten * 1962                         
Toccata & Fuga över B-A-C-H
Hymn
Tango över Ps. 303
 
Peter Hilli                                Misericordia Domini
* 1956
 
Harri Wessman                        Credo
* 1949
 
Oskar Merikanto                       Fantasia & Choral
1868-1924
 
 Organist: James D. Hicks, USA
 
Curriculum vitae

James D. Hicks is a concert organist living and working out of Califon, NJ, USA. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Yale University, and the University of Cincinnati, Hicks has also studied at the Royal School of Church Music in the UK. James held liturgical positions throughout the USA over the course of thirty-five years and now devotes himself to concert, publishing, and recording projects.
 
Over the past fifteen years, James has researched the music of the Nordic lands and the result is an ongoing venture entitled Nordic Journey. The endeavor places emphasis on new music, he has commissioned over fifty compositions from Nordic composers, as well as researching repertoire from the past that has hitherto never been recorded or published. With the August 2022 release of the double-disc Organ Music from Norway, the series now comprise twelve volumes spanning twenty-one discs, all produced for the American label Pro Organo as well as being distributed by Naxos and the usual digital streaming platforms.  
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A parallel aspect of the Nordic Journey project is the production of hardbound editions that include premiere publications of many of the works James has commissioned as well as several previously unavailable compositions from earlier eras. The Norwegian firm Cantando released the Nordic Journey Series Volume I in 2018 (now available at www.notebutikken.no) and Norsk Musikforlag published The Nordic Journey Series Volume II in 2020 (www.musikkforlagene.no). Norsk Musikforlag will produce the third volume in 2022. In addition, James collaborates with the Finnish publisher, Edition Tilli (www.editiontilli.fi), in the production of premiere editions of Finnish and Baltic organ music.
 
Upcoming recording projects include an October 2022 recording of the single-disc Nordic Journey Volume XIII, a collection devoted to Finnish Romanticism, at St. Martin’s Church, Turku, Finland and the single-disc Nordic Journey Volume XIV, featuring the two organs at Kallio Church, Helsinki to be recorded in March 2023. James is currently planning a double-disc recording of music from the Baltic countries to be recorded in Ulm, Germany during the summer of 2023.
 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, James wrote the first full-length book devoted to the complete works for organ by Norwegian composer Kjell Mørk Karlsen on the occasion of the artist’s seventy-fifth birthday. He also contributed a chapter to a study of the music of Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten. Norsk Musikforlag published the Karlsen book in March 2022 and an autumn release is anticipated for the Sixten project.
 
In addition to his endeavors concerning the organ and its literature, James is an enthusiastic exponent of traditional music from the British Isles, performing on a number of instruments associated with these traditions. James is an avid hiker and has walked the historic Hadrian’s Wall trail in Northern England as well as traversing numerous sections of the Appalachian Trail in the USA.
 
To learn more about James D. Hicks, you are invited to visit his website at www.jamesdhicks.com.