Sundays at 3: Michael Murray, organist

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2195 W45 Ave
Vancouver, BC

The opening concert of Ryerson’s Sundays at 3 organ recital series features organist Michael Murray and a number of guest artists.“I thought it would be fun to prepare some works for organ involving other musicians,” explains Murray. “Corey Hamm and I will play a duet for organ: Sonata for Two for 4 hands and 4 feet by the blind organist Gaston Litaize; Shane Hanson will sing the haunting Robert Burns poem My Heart’s in the Highlands set for counter-tenor and organ by the great Arvo Pärt; and a chorus of sopranos will join in for the final measures of Satyagraha by Philip Glass. This addition of the singers happens when the organ is at its loudest and the voices are like the last organ stop to be added to the texture.”

Since 1980, Michael Murray has had a busy career as organist and choir director in the city of Vancouver. Apart from a brief five years in Toronto from 1984 to 1989 when he received his Diploma in Organ Performance, he has been on the West coast working as a professional musician. Currently, Michael is Director of Music at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Director of the Abendmusik Chamber Choir and is the Organ Instructor at the U.B.C. School of Music. In 1992 he decided that the city could do with another chamber choir so he founded the vocal ensemble musica intima.

Recent CDs include ‘Obbligato Sonatas by J.S.Bach’ with flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor, and Phoenix Chamber Choir’s ‘Mid-Winter Songs’ both recorded at St. Philip’s on the three manual Casavant organ.

General $15 / Students $10 – Tickets at the door only.
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