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18-19 Organ
Season Premiere

Tues., Sept. 18, 2018
7:30 p.m.

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Music Program
Vierne: Final from Symphony No. 1, Op. 14
Bach: Trio Sonata in D minor, BWV 527
Elgar: Salut d’amour, Op. 12
Franck: Final, Op. 21
Guilmant: Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 42

Greg Zelek, Organ

I open the season with a varied program of “organ favorites” that will demonstrate both the subtlety and power of our great instrument. The program will conclude with one of my favorite organ works, Guilmant’s First Organ Sonata, which is also one of the most famous in the organ repertoire.  – Greg Zelek

About Greg Zelek

Praised for his “effortless facility on the instrument” (South Florida Classical Review), Greg Zelek (26) is increasingly recognized as one of the most exciting young organists in the American organ scene. Greg has been the Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ Series since September 2017. Greg holds the Wayne Curtis & Maybelle Slavens Hall and Francis Vincent & Lettie von Kalweit Dunnebacke Curatorship, which is endowed by anonymous friends of the Symphony.

In addition to concertizing throughout the United States and with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Greg regularly performs with orchestras as both a soloist and professional ensemble member. In 2017, he performed with the Florida Orchestra and was the featured guest soloist with the Ridgewood Symphony in 2016. Greg was the organist in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2014 production of Faust. He also performed twice that year with the New World Symphony, including in a performance of Lukas Foss’s Phorion under Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2012, Greg played Strauss’s Alpine Symphony with the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall conducted by Semyon Bychkov and performed Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Miami Symphony Orchestra in 2011.

A recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship, Greg received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, as well as an Artist Diploma, from the Juilliard School. A native of Miami, Florida, Greg was most recently the Music Director and Organist at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy in New York City. Greg, who is Cuban-American and a native Spanish speaker, became the Music Director and Organist of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Miami at age 15, and has served as the summer organist for San Pedro Apostol Church in Ramales de la Victoria, Spain.

“Seeing and hearing Zelek in action helps explain why praise follows the organist everywhere.”

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