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Christopher Houlihan: October 9, 2015

 
 
 
 

Christopher Houlihan is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest stars in the new generation of young American organists, praised by the media as "gifted" (New York Times), "dazzling" (Wall Street Journal), and "eloquent" (Los Angeles Times).

Still in his 20's, Houlihan's international performing career is well underway, with performances in

celebrated venues in major cities across North America and Europe, as well as at numerous conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.

Christopher Houlihan's "Vierne 2012" tour attracted international attention and critical acclaim for his marathon performances of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne in six major North American cities. The Los Angeles Times called his performance there "a major surprise of the summer, a true revelation." Houlihan returned to Los Angeles in fall 2014 for his debut at Disney Hall in a concert which featured principal brass of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Houlihan studied with Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School, where he earned a master's degree, and with John Rose at Trinity College (Hartford). During a year in France, he studied with Jean-Baptiste Robin at the Versailles Conservatory, earning the "Prix de Perfectionnement ," an award equivalent to a university artist diploma. While abroad he performed for the then President and First Lady of the United States, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bush, at the American Cathedral in Paris.

Houlihan' s recordings include music of Maurice Duruflé and Jehan Alain, and Organ Symphony No. 2 by Louis Vierne, both on Towerhill Records. Houlihan lives in New York City and is Artist-in-Residence at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.

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Program

Toccata: Leo Sowerby (1895-1968)

Concerto in Italian Style, swv 971: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) arr. Christopher Houlihan

Allegro
Andante
Presto

Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, woO 9: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

0 Welt, ich muss dich /assen, Op. 122, no. 11: Brahms

Romance from Symphomy No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 32: Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Fantasy in E-flat: Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)

Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548: J.S. Bach