Jonathan Rhodes Lee and
Paul S . Hesselink: January 26, 2018

This recital was presented jointly by the Las Vegas Baroque Festival and the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists


Jonathan Rhodes Lee

Jonathan Rhodes Lee is a harpsichordist and musicologist. As a performer, Jonathan has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and in orchestras in the United States and abroad. Jonathan is a founding member of the baroque chamber ensemble Les graces, which has recorded on the MSR label. He has also recently joined colleagues from the University of Michigan and UT Austin on a CD of Handel's early trio sonatas, Handel: The "Halle" Sonatas, issued on the Equilibrium label in 2017.

As an academic, Jonathan's research is focused on both eighteenth-century topics and film music. He is finishing a book, Film Music in the Sound Era: A Research Guide, under contract with Routledge. Jonathan has presented other work in various forums, including publications for Cambridge Opera Journal, A-R Editions, and the Newsletter of the American Handel Society, and at conferences of the American Musicological Society, the American Handel Society, the Handel Institute (UK), and the Society for American Music, among others. Jonathan is also preparing an edition of Handel's oratorio Joseph and His Brethren for the Hallische Handel-Ausgabe.

Jonathan holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Colgate University, and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Netherlands.

Before coming to UNLV, Jonathan completed his PhD at UC Berkeley in 2013 and subsequently was Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago, where he served as the Jr. Chair of the Humanities Division for the Society of Fellows. His harpsichord mentors included Jacques Ogg, Davitt Moroney, Laurette Goldberg, and Joscelyn Godwin.

Paul Hesselink

As adjunct faculty at UNLV since 1993, Paul Hesselink has played a major role in securing the university's Maureen Jackson Smith Organ in Dr. Arturo Rando-Grillot Hall, completed in 2004 by Rudolf van Beckerath Orgelbau of Hamburg, Germany.

Hesselink earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in organ at Hope College. He studied musicology under a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship at University of Michigan, completed the Master of Arts in Organ Pedagogy at Ohio State University and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts at University of Colorado, Boulder. He studied harpsichord in Paris with Davitt Moroney.

For 26 years, Hesselink was on the faculty of Longwood University. He received two National Endowment Summer Fellowships for postgraduate study: in music theory (Yale), and Schoenberg studies (USC). His article, Correspondence from the Schoenberg Legacy: "Variations on a Recitative for Organ, Op. 40" was published in the Schoenberg Journal and again in The American Organist.

Hesselink was affiliated with Nevada School of the Arts, serving as Dean for 12 years. In April 1996, he was the harpsichordist for the world premiere of Nevett Bartow's Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra with Nevada Chamber Orchestra. He also recorded the work with the Slovak Radio Orchestra in Bratislava (MCC, The Works of Nevett Bartow).



Pieces in C and G: William Byrd (1539/40-1623)

The carman's whistle
The marche before the battell
The battell
The souldiers sommons
The marche of footemen
The marche of horsmen
The trumpetts
The lrishe marche
The bagpipe and the drone
The flute and the droome
The marche to the fighte
The retreat
The galliarde for the victorie

Pieces in D: Francois Couperin (1688-1733)
Prelude from L'art de toucher le clavecin (1716)
Selections from Quatorzieme Ordre, Traisieme livre de pieces de clavecin (1722)

Le Rossignol en amour [The Nightingale in Love]
La Linote enfarouchee [The Frightened Linnet]
Les Fauvetes plaintives [The Plaintive Warblers]
Le Rossignol vainqueur [The Victorious Nightingale]

Suite in G Minor, HWV 432, from Suites de pieces de clavecin: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
("Eight Great Suites"), 1720



Praeludium in G Minor, BuxWV 149

Passacaglia in D Minor, BuxWV 161

Fugue a la gique in C Major, BuxWV 174

Two chorale preludes:

We pray now to the Holy Spirit, BuxWV 208
A mighty fortress is our God,
BuxWV 184

Toccata, Fugue, and Chaconne in C Major, BuxWV 137