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Tues., Feb. 11, 2020
7:30 p.m.

Music Program:
Driffill | Toccata from Suite No. 1
Franck | Prelude, Fugue, and Variation, Op. 18
Bossi | Scherzo in G minor
Bach | Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
Vierne | Carillon de Westminster
Mozart | Fantasia in F minor, K.608
Piazzola | Oblivion
Olivera | Improvisation on a submitted theme

Hector Olivera, Organ

Known as one of the most exciting organists of the 20th century, international concert organist Hector Olivera will entertain and exhilarate the audience with an unforgettable performance! Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mr. Olivera has performed all over the world and has had audiences leaping to their feet with applause for years. His debut performance at Overture Hall will feature organ classics like Vierne’s Carillon de Westminster, as well as transcriptions like Oblivion by another Argentine native, Astor Piazzola. He will close the concert with an improvisation on a submitted theme that is sure to enthrall and amaze everyone in attendance.
– Greg Zelek

…Entertained his audience with a dazzling display of sonic and technical marvels . . . Olivera is an engaging performer that clearly has found his particular niche and fills it splendidly. – The Washington Post

Olivera swept the audience with absolute Olympic virtuosity, and that still doesn’t say it … Hector Olivera is in a class by himself. – Atlanta Journal

It is totally impossible, in print, to adequately describe and do justice to the brilliance of his technique. – Manchester Organ Society Magazine

All seats $20!

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Overture Center Box Office
201 State St.
Single Tickets: (608) 258-4141
Ticket Office Hours:
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About Hector Olivera

Maestro Hector Olivera is a passionate, gifted, and unique musician, whose personal interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world.
The Times Reporter’, describes an evening with Hector Olivera as: “An event, a happening, a joyful celebration of the sheer power and pressure that a true virtuoso like Hector Olivera can unleash in a concert hall.”
Born in Buenos Aires, Mr. Olivera’s first teacher (who was his father) encouraged him to begin playing the pipe organ when he was three. Two years later, he was appointed organist of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. At age 5, he played for the legendary Eva Perón. At six, he entered the Buenos Aires Conservatory to study harmony, counterpoint and fugue. By age nine, he had composed a suite for oboe and string orchestra, performed by the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.
In 1965, New York’s prestigious Juilliard School of Music offered him a scholarship. He immediately moved to the United States to study with Vernon de Tar and Bronson Reagan. Three years later, Mr. Olivera won the National Improvisation Contest sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, thereby launching his outstanding professional concert career.


Gale Meyer
Gerald and Shirley Spade


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Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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