Craig Cramer: April 23, 2017
This recital was presented jointly by the Las Vegas Baroque Festival and the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Craig Cramer is Professor of Organ and Artist in Residence at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He also serves as the organist at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Elkhart, Indiana. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance. The Eastman School also awarded him the prestigious Performer's Certificate in Organ. He has studied with Russell Saunders, William Hays, James Drake, David Boe, and André Marchal (Paris). Cramer has been named the winner of several important competitions.
One of the most traveled organists of his generation, Dr. Cramer maintains an active recital career across the country and in Europe. He has performed in forty-four of the United States as well as in Canada. Regularly invited to play some of the most important historic organs in the world, Cramer's European concerts have included performances in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, France, Switzerland and Poland. Dr. Cramer was instrumental in the installation of a new organ hall and organ built by Paul Fritts on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. He dedicated this organ in January of 2005 by performing a series of ten different recital programs. In recognition of the 300th anniversary of the death of Dieterich Buxtehude in 2007, Dr. Cramer presented Buxtehude's complete organ works in a series of nine concerts on this organ. Cramer performed the complete organ works of Bach during a series of eighteen concerts using a distinguished set of mechanical-action organs in the state of Indiana. He has performed for conventions of the American Guild of Organists, as well as for many AGO Chapters across the country. He was one of the featured artists at the AGO National Convention in Boston in 2014; Jonathan Ambrosino writing in Choir and Organ Magazine: "Craig Cramer presented a dense and fascinating contrapuntal program, concluding with Reger's Second Sonata, brilliantly and fearlessly played".
Dr. Cramer's performances are frequently heard on American Public Media's program, "Pipedreams" and he has fifteen CD recordings to his credit. The University of Notre Dame recently recognized Cramer with a Kaneb Distinguished Faculty Award.
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Toccata in D, BuxWV 155: Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Linzer Orgeltabulatur (1611 -- ca. 1613):
Intrada - Tanz - Nachtan
Tantz - Proportio - Curanta - Final
Danz Beurlin - Nachtanz
Tannz Jesu Du zartes Lämblein - Proportio
Tantz - Nachtanz
Partita: Freu dich sehr, 0 meine Seele: Georg Böhm (1661-1733)
Noël A minuit fut un ReveiI, Noël Pour I' Amour de Marie, and Noël de Saintonge: Jean-François Dandrieu (1682-1738)
Passacaglia et thema fugatum in C Minor, BWV 582: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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