On Sunday we welcome our musical guest and artist in residence, Russell Weismann.
Organist, composer, scholar, and teacher, Russell is a Pittsburgh native and holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from George Mason University. Additionally, Russell completed the Master of Music degree from Yale University and the Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Duquesne University while earning a certificate of study from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. His primary organ instructors were our friend, John Walker and Martin Jean. This afternoon he will be in recital with our Vocal Artist in Residence, Katy Williams in a performance of J. S. Bach’s solo soprano cantata, Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht, BWV 52. His recital will continue with organ masterworks by Bach, Mendelssohn and Cocker. Find out more about Russell at http://www.russellweismann.
At the 10:45 liturgy, Russell accompanies Katy Williams in one movement of the Bach’s cantata BWV 52, Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht (False world, I trust you not). The cantata is set for soprano soloist. At the prelude Russell performs the Sinfonia from the cantata that you may recognize as the opening of Bach’s first Brandenburg Concerto.
The Choral anthem is Locus iste, a motet by Anton Bruckner. Although mostly known for his nine symphonies, Bruckner loved the music of Renaissance masters such as Palestrina and German Baroque composers, especially Bach. His compositional technique may reflect those masters but the overall sound is more reminiscent of Bruckner’s contemporary, Richard Wagner. If you know the overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser, you will hear what I mean (thank you Tommy Thompson for pointing this out.). Locus iste was written in 1869, to celebrate the dedication of the votive chapel of the cathedral at Linz where Bruckner had been the cathedral organist