John Karl Hirten: January 18, 2008


Visit the Artist’s web site, CLICK HERE

John Karl Hirten has degrees irt organ from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he studied with Paul-Martin Maki, Eugenia Earle and Frederick Swann. He has performed in venues around the country, from New York City to Honolulu, and in Germany and Austria as well. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988, he has appeared regularly at such venues as Noontime Concerts at St. Mary's Cathedral, St. Mark's Second Sunday series, and others. He performs monthly recitals at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor on the E. M. Skinner organ,and has also appeared as organist with the San Francisco· Symphony, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, and even the Oakland Ballet! Mr. Hirten has over thirty-five years of experience as a church musician, having served at the Fordham University Chapel, Trinity Church on Wall Street, St. James Cathedral in Brooklyn, and Old St. Mary's in San Francisco. He is currently Director of Parish Music at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere. In 2006, he was a finalist in the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation. A composer of a wide range of liturgical and secular works, his music has been recorded by church choirs around the country. Two of his hymn-tunes have won national competitions. He is also well represented in several collections, such as Wonder, Love and Praise, and Enriching Our Music, the supplements to Episcopal Hymnal 1982. Other compositions of his are published by GIA, Concordia, World Library Publications, Augsburg, Morning Star, Trinitas.


Prelude & Fugue in G Minor, BWV 535: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-17 50)

Lute Concerto in D Major: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) arr. Marcia Hauff


Pastorale: Dieter Schottelius

Pastorale in E Major, Op. 19: César Franck (1822-1890)

Carillon (Angels of Grace): John Karl Hirten (b. 1956)

Andante Sostenuto (from Symphonie-Gothique, Opus 70): Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Weeping Willow: Scott Joplin (c.1867-1917)

Short Improvisation on a Theme Created by the Audience

Carillon de Westminster, Opus 54, No. 6: Louis Vierne (1870-1937)