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The Organist as Preacher - Rick Erickson


Wed 15 May 2013, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, 45 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

A conversation/demonstration on improvisation and its relation to text. Entry by Koha.

Rick Erickson, a native of northern Wisconsin, serves as Cantor Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New York, a post he has held since 1992. In that role he also directs the Bach Vespers series and oversees the musical life of the parish. As organist Erickson has appeared in the United States, Germany and Sweden as recitalist, hymn festival leader, and lecturer. He has performed for conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and the Pastoral Musicians Association, among others. A noted hymn improviser, Erickson has recorded for Naxos, JVrecordings, and Augsburg Fortress. The New Yorker has hailed his playing as 'exemplary Bach.' Holding degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Superior, and the Eastman School of Music, from which he also holds the Performer’s Certificate, his teachers have included Lucile Hammill Webb, Russell Saunders, David Craighead and Gerre Hancock in improvisation. Mr. Erickson has recently been appointed Music Director of the Boulder Bach Festival in Colorado.

While in New Zealand Rick is giving a TGIF recital on Friday 17th May, leading the Bach Cantata Vespers service at St Paul's Lutheran on Saturday 18th and is guest organist for Divine Worship at the Lutheran Church on Sunday 19th.

This lecture is sponsored by the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, St Paul's Lutheran Church Wellington and ANZCO (Australian and New Zealand College of Organists).

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