Archives by: Joe Vitacco

Organist Ken Cowan
An orchestra is capable of the softest pianissimos and very loud fortississimo. Few single instruments has this ability. Pipe organs have this dynamic range. Organist Ken Cowan demonstrates this on the Kilgen Organ at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Brooklyn. The set of Variations by Franz Liszt are perfect to demonstrate this. [...]
Ken Cowan is one of the top concert organists in the world today. His keyboard technique and musical skills are shared by a small number of elite organists. Ken Cowan is also a easygoing and humble guy – people love his down to earth personality. [...]
Stephen Tharp at the organ in Our Lady of Refuge before and after the pipe organ restoration
Stephen Tharp is seen and heard playing Vierne’s Carillon de Westminster. Mr. Tharp plays the Kilgen pipe organ at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Brooklyn. The video shows the before and after the pipe organ restoration. [...]
Daniel Roth at organ in Our Lady of Refuge in Brooklyn Diocese
The Brooklyn Diocese has one of the finest pipe organs in New York City. Daniel Roth, organist of Saint-Sulpice can be seen and heard playing the Final from Symphony No. 4 of Louis Vierne on the newly restored Kilgen Pipe Organ at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Brooklyn, New York. [...]
Joyce Jones Organist
On Tuesday, July 28 at 7 30pm organist Joyce Jones will play a recital to benefit the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Guild of Organist’s Pipe Organ Encounter at Our Lady of Refuge Church. [...]
Ken Cowan playing Thalben Ball
Ken Cowan is seen here playing George Thalben Ball (1896-1987) Variations on a theme of Paganini. George Thalben Ball was well known as one of the great organ virtuosos of his time, widely admired by his colleagues. If one wants to hear just one example, his 78rpm (therefore unedited) recording of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries from [...]
CD set of complete organ works of Sweelinck
Complete Organ works of Sweelinck recorded on period instruments by Aeolus The organ of Saint-Jacques in Liège was built in 1600, probably either by Nicolas Niehoff or, even more likely, Floris Hocquet I. The original stoplist has not survived. The instrument was first rebuilt in 1669 by André Severin, a native of Maastricht. Arnold Clerinx [...]
Reger Hallelujah Gott zu loben played by Ken Cowan
Greetings from Ken Cowan, currently a full-time Professor, head of the organ program at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and recitalist, who recorded this performance of Reger Hallelujah Gott zu loben on the rebuilt Kilgen organ at Our Lady of Refuge in the Brooklyn Diocese. [...]
The organ of the Grote Kerk in Oosthuizen was long considered to be one of the oldest organs in the Netherlands, built in 1521 and sometimes attributed to Jan van Covelens. The meantone temperament introduced in 1966 was at the time a revelation for many lovers of early organ music, and this contributed considerably to [...]
Stephen Tharp playing Sorcerer's Apprentice
Stephen Tharp a concert organist, church organist and recording artist recently made a video of his transcription of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice on the pipe organ at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Brooklyn. Which was recently restored through a colaboration of A.R. Schopp’s Sons and Quimby Pipe Organ. The funds were raised largely through over [...]