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Canon John Bruce Memorial Concerts

Abbey OrganThe Canon John O. Bruce Memorial Organ Concert Series will once again be offered this fall and next spring at St. Norbert Abbey.

Three accomplished organists will be highlighted for the 2014-2015 season:

These performances are a gift to the musical world, in the area and beyond.

The Abbey houses an impressive Casavant organ (one of the finest in the country) and is highly regarded among organists throughout the world. The Abbey Church is well known for its acoustics and is considered one of the best venues for concerts in the state. With brilliant performances by world-class organists, these concerts are sure to leave a lasting impression on all who attend.

 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 7 p.m.

Pater Stefan Kling, O. Praem.

   
Pater Stefan Kling, O. Praem.St. Norbert Abbey’s Canon John O. Bruce Memorial Organ Concert Series, in conjunction with St. Norbert College’s Heritage Days Celebration, presents “Five Centuries of Norbertine Organ Music” by Norbertine organist Pater Stefan Kling, O. Praem., on Wednesday, October 8, at 7 p.m. in the St. Norbert Abbey Church, 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere, WI. The concert is open to the public and is a free will offering.

Fr. Kling is the featured organist for the first of three Canon John O. Bruce Memorial Organ Concerts to be held at the Abbey during the series’ 2014-2015 season. Accompanying him are the St. Norbert College Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Sarah Parks, assistant professor of music and director of the college's music program, and the Abbey Singers of St. Norbert College, under the direction of Norbertine Dr. Michael Frisch, O. Praem.

Fr. Kling studied theology at the Universities of Augsburg and Regensburg in Germany, where he also studied music. In 1983 he entered the Norbertine Abbey in Windberg. His 1987 theological dissertation dealt with the topic of “Johann Sebastian Bach’s ‘St. Matthew Passion’ as a Document Relating to Biblical Exegesis of its Time.” In 1988 he was ordained a priest. From 1988-1993 he successfully completed his study of Catholic sacred music and instruction, earning an additional teaching degree for organ at the College for Catholic Sacred Music in Regensburg. Since 1992 Fr. Kling has been a member of the Norbertine Abbey in Roggenburg, near Neu-Ulm. There, he served as subprior from 2008-2013. In 2014 he was entrusted with the office of prior.

Fr. Kling participated in international courses with the organ performers Dorothy de Rooij, Günther Kaunzinger, Piet Kee, Jon Lauvik and Thierry Mechler, and from 1996-2005 he was an assistant professor in the special field of sacred music at the Augsburg-Nurnberg Conservatory.

Since 2004 Fr. Kling has led the Augsburg Diocese Office for Sacred Music and he is the organ and church bell specialist for this diocese. Furthermore, he is a member of the Norbertine Liturgical Commission for the German Language Circary. From 2008-2013 he served as the second chairman of the Working Committee for Offices and Presentation of Sacred Music in the German Dioceses (AGAR). Additionally, as the church musician at Roggenburg Abbey (which is famous for its baroque structure and glorious organ concerts), he is the artistic leader of the international organ concert series in Roggenburg, and the director of the Roggenburg Summer Cultural Festival.
   
Program: "Five Centuries of Norbertine Organ Music"
   
First Part: 17th and 18th Century
   
Isfrid KAYSER, O. Praem.
(1712-1771)
Norbertine of the former abbey of Obermarchtal
Ouverture in B
(from Parthia in B-Flat)
   
Johann SPETH
(1664-1719)
student of the Norbertine Abbey of Speinshart
Magnificat sexti toni
(alternatim to sung verses of the "Magnificat" in a setting by Orazio Vecchi 1550-1605)
   
Augustin BÜX, O. Praem.
(1700 - ?)
Norbertine of the former abbey of Schussenried
Andante und Concertino
(from Parthia Nr. 1 in G)
   
Nikolaus BETSCHER, O. Praem.
(1745-1811)
Abbot of the former abbey of Rot a. d. Rot
Rondo in A
   
Johann Baptist SCHIEDERMAYR
(1779-1840)
student of the Norbertine Abbey of Windberg
Pastoral-Prelude in C
   
Sixtus BACHMANN, O. Praem.
(1754-1825)
Norbertine of the former abbey of Obermarchtal
Sonata Quinta in F
(three movements: Allegro molto, Andante un poco Lento, Presto molto)
   
Second Part: 19th to 21st Century
   
Mathias Joseph VANDEN ELSEN, O. Praem.
(1870-1957)
Norbertine of St. Norbert Abbey / De Pere
Prelude "Christ Is Risen"
   
ANONYMOUS
(17th Century)
Choralsetting: "Mein junges Leben hat ein End"
(choir)
   
Rupert FRIEBERGER, O. Praem.
(1951)
Nobertine of the Abbey of Schlägl
Partita "Mein junges Leben hat ein End" (1986)
   
Lambert Ambrose DOBBLESTEEN, O. Praem.
(1878-1947)
Norbertine of St. Norbert Abbey / De Pere
Andante religioso
   
Karel Frederik VAN DEN BOGAERT, O. Praem.
(1829-1874)
Norbertine of the abbeys of Averbode and Tongerlo
Coro-Allegro in G
   
Gabriel VERSCHRAEGEN
(1919-1981)
Partita per Octavo Tono
super "Veni creator"
(alternatim to sung verses of the "Veni creator" in a setting for choir by Michael Praetorius; written for the Norbertine Abbey of Tongerlo)
   
Flor PEETERS
(1903-1986)
Abdijvreede
("Abbey peace"; written for the Norbertine Abbey of Averbode)
   
Joachim SCHREIBER
(1964)
Choralsetting "Norbertuslied" (melody by Stefan U. Kling)
(choir)
   
Joachim SCHREIBER Organfantasy "Abbey bells of Roggenburg" (2012)
(dedicated to Stefan Kling, O. Praem., Roggenburg)
   
 
Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 2 p.m.
 

Isabelle Demers

 
   
Biography and program coming soon.  
   
 
Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 2 p.m.
 

Michael Hey

 
   
Biography and program coming soon.  

 

Canon John O. BruceThe Reverend Canon John O. Bruce was a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac who was enamored with the beautiful sound of the Abbey organ. Because of his friendship with the Norbertine Fathers and love of music, he established a fund for the upkeep of the organ console as well as for the presentation of organ concerts. Through Canon John's generosity, the concerts are free and open to the public so that all may share in the beauty of the Abbey and the organ music within its walls.

Canon John O. Bruce (standing) with Abbot Sylvester Killeen, O. Praem.
 
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