Fri, Apr 12|
Catharine Crozier Memorial Organ Recital featuring Erik Suter
Concert organist Erik Wm. Suter offers a program of thrilling music on the Rosales, including the world premiere of a work by acclaimed composer Texu Kim!
Time & Location
Apr 12, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
Trinity Cathedral , 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
About the Event
Mr. Suter’s impressive program includes several pillars of the organ repertoire, as well as the world premiere of Infinity Loop, a brand-new work by composer Texu Kim. From pieces of epic grandiosity like Jean Demessieux’ Te Deum and Franz Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue on “Ad nos” to works full of yearning lyricism by Louis Vierne and Herbert Howells, Mr. Suter’s program is one of true excitement and versatility.
Featured composer Texu Kim (b.1980) is “one of the most active and visible composers of his generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), writing music that’s fun, sophisticated, and culturally connected. Kim’s work has enjoyed an impressive international performance history from a roster of top orchestras and ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony. A frequent collaborator with choreographers, filmmakers, and educators, Kim has received awards and honors from the Barlow Prize, American Modern Ensemble, Copland House, SCI/ASCAP, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and Isang Yun International Composition Prize, to name a few.
About the Catharine Crozier Memorial Organ Concert: Catharine Crozier was a leading 20th-century American concert organist and teacher who served as Artist in Residence at Portland’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral from 1993 until her death in 2003. In her honor, an endowment was created to bring world-class organ music to the region, including this annual celebrity recital, which attracts some of the finest organists in the world.
About the Organist: Erik Wm. Suter, a native of Chicago, is a musician of international acclaim. For nearly 10 years, he served as Organist at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University, where he studied with Haskell Thomson, Thomas Murray, and Gerre Hancock. Previously, he held positions at Trinity Church, Copley Square, and at the Parish of All Saints, both in Boston; and at Trinity Church-on-the-Green in New Haven, Connecticut.
Mr. Suter has performed extensively throughout the United States and Canada as well as many Asian and European countries. Notable venues have included solo engagements at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, The Kennedy Center in Washington, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, Saint Thomas Church in New York City, Eton College Chapel in the UK, Uppsala and Stockholm Cathedrals in Sweden, Lisbon Cathedral, Musashino Shimin Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Saint James Cathedral in Toronto, Saint Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta, Methuen Music Hall in Massachusetts, Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand, and First Congregational Church in Los Angeles. In 2003, he was invited to be the first American to perform on the Fisk organ in Lausanne Cathedral in Switzerland, the first American organ in a European Cathedral. He has performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. As a continuo artist, he has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Suter has been under the exclusive concert management of Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.
Mr. Suter won first prize in the 1991 Conrad Sulzer Young Artist’s Piano Competition in Chicago; first prize in the 1993 Chicago American Guild of Organists Young Organist’s Competition; first prize in the 1995 National Undergraduate Organ Competition in Ottumwa, Iowa; the Gold Medal of the Mayor of Musashino/Tokyo in the 1996 International Organ Competition in Japan; and first prize in the 1997 Yale Biennial Organ Competition. He was a two-time finalist in the prestigious AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Playing as well as appearing in the finals of the 1997 Dallas International Organ Competition.
Mr. Suter has been featured numerous times on the nationally syndicated American Public Media show Pipedreams. His recordings, including 5 solo compact discs, can be found on the JAV Recordings, Gothic, and Pro Organo labels. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the St. Thomas Choir School in New York City. He is a commercial pilot and flight instructor. Based at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, he is a pilot for Southwest Airlines. Learn more at erikwmsuter.com.