Organist Leo Marchildon

A Mighty Wind

PEISO presents music for organ and brass ensemble

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The PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) will present A Mighty Wind, a special chamber music concert featuring music for organ and brass ensemble, this June in both Charlottetown and Summerside.

The program, which will be performed by Basilica organist Leo Marchildon and the Charlottetown Brass Ensemble, led by Gregory Irvine, will feature a chronological sampling of music arranged for brass and organ over the years. Ranging from the Italian 16th century composer Giovanni Gabrieli to the 20th century German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert, a collection of choruses, marches, and processions will be presented. Highlights include Handel’s Organ Concerto, Op. 4, #2 in Bb major, and Josef Rheinberger’s Organ Concerto #1, Op.137 in F major. Also on the program are pieces by Purcell, Marcello, Gigout, and Richard Strauss.

“Naming the concert A Mighty Wind may seem a misnomer,” says Marchildon, “until one realizes that the pipe organ is actually a wind instrument. Although the organ console may resemble a keyboard, both in appearance and in execution, the sound is the result of air flowing through pipes, much like a gargantuan pan flute.”

The Charlottetown performance will take place at Park Royal United on June 6 and the Summerside performance will be at St. Paul’s Catholic Parish on June 13. Both concerts begin at 2:30 pm. Admission is by donation.

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