22/23 Overture Concert
Alcée Chriss, Organ
Venue: Overture Hall
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
All single tickets $25!*
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First-Prize Winner of many international organ competitions, organ virtuoso Alcée Chriss will delight our audience with a program that includes a few of his own transcriptions. Come experience Mr. Chriss’ arrangements of movements of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Franck’s Symphony in D minor. Mr. Chriss will also showcase his versatility as both a classical and jazz performer, with his own arrangement of Bill Evans’ Waltz for Debby, among others. – Greg Zelek
J.S. Bach (arr. Chriss), Sinfonia from Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte
Sergei Rachmaninoff (arr. Chriss), Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: I. Non-Allegro
Bill Evans, Waltz for Debby
Alexandre Boëly, Fantasy and Fugue in Bb major
Antônio Carlos Jobim, Desafinado
César Franck (arr. Chriss), Symphony in D Minor, M. 48: II. Allegretto
Max Reger, Fugue on B-A-C-H, op. 46
Program Notes will be available in August 2022
Meet Alcée Chriss
Chriss won the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition, but this is not the usual competition-winner playing. He plays with clarity, imagination, musicality, virtuosity, and yes, personality.
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Elaine and Nicholas Mischler
Greg Zelek is the Principal Organist and Elaine and Nicholas Mischler Curator of the Overture Concert Organ.
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A featured star in the PBS documentary Pipe Dreams (2019), Alcee Chriss III is an organist and keyboardist from Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Chriss is the winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and the Firmin Swinnen Silver Medal at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He has been celebrated for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency” by the Journal Assist News, Albuquerque. And of his most recent solo recording at Montreal Symphony Hall, Art et Rhapsodie (2019), the American Record Guide wrote that “he plays with clarity, imagination, musicality, virtuosity, and yes, personality.”
Dr. Chriss has performed throughout North America and Europe. Recent and upcoming performances include the International Orgelsommer (Stuttgart, Germany), Stockholm City Hall (Sweden), and as soloist with the Montreal Symphony in a performance of Copland’s Symphony for Organ and Orchestra. Other engagements include the Princeton University Chapel, Spreckels Organ Pavilion and International Organ Summer Karlsruhe, Germany.
In July 2019, Dr. Chriss was appointed as University Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University, where he teaches courses in organ and keyboard skills. In October 2019, he was awarded his Doctorate of Music degree from McGill University, where he studied with Hans-Ola Ericsson. He previously studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received his Master’s degree in historical keyboard and a Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance, studying with Olivier Latry, MarieLouise Langlais, and James David Christie.
Dr. Chriss is active as a church musician, guest lecturer, and remains engaged with his lifelong love of gospel and jazz music. He serves as the Minister of Music at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgefield, CT. He also serves on the editorial board of Vox Humana magazine.