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Canon John Bruce Memorial Concerts

The 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 2015-2016 season:

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 a gift to the musical world, in the area and beyond—sure to leave a lasting impression on all who attend.

Listen to Sounds of the St. Norbert Abbey Organ.


October 17, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Peter Richard Conte (organ) and
Andrew Ennis (flugelhorn)

Following another standout showing at St. Norbert Abbey in 2011, featured organist Peter Richard Conte returns for the first performance of the Canon John O. Bruce Memorial Organ Concert Series' 2015-2016 season. Along with Andrew Ennis (flugelhorn), Conte will perform on Saturday, October 17, at 2 p.m. in the St. Norbert Abbey Church, 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere, Wis. The concert is open to the public with a free will offering.

After more than two decades, Conte continues to serve as Wanamaker Grand Court Organist—only the fourth person to hold that title since the organ was first played in 1911. With myriad musical appointments, national and international appearances, awards, transcriptions, recordings and enthusiastic reviews to his name, Conte has been featured on National Public Radio and on ABC television's "Good Morning America" and "World News Tonight."

Ennis began playing organ in 2012 and now studies with Conte. A music education graduate of Rowan University, N.J., specializing in trumpet, an instrument he has played for 16 years, Ennis is newly-appointed orchestral music teacher at a New Jersey middle school. He also serves as director of instrumental music, assistant pianist and organist at his home parish.
Camille SAINT-SAËNS My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice, from Samson and Delilah
arr. PRC  
Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Procession of the Nobles, from Mlada
arr. PRC  
Fritz KREISLER Variations on a Theme of Corelli
arr. PRC  
Maurice DURUFLE Lux Aeterna, from Requiem
arr. AJE  
Charles GOUNOD Funeral March for a Marionette
arr. PRC  
Leo SOWERBY Comes Autumn Time
Richard WAGNER Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral, from Lohengrin
arr. PRC  
Giuseppe VERDI Ave Maria, from Othello
arr. AJE  
Giacomo PUCCINI Nessun Dorma, from Turandot
arr. AJE  
Robert ELMORE Fantasy on Nursery Tunes
Richard STRAUSS Moonlight Music, from Capriccio
arr. PRC  
Jean SIBELIUS Finlandia
arr. Herbert Fricker  
Georges BIZET Suite from Carmen
arr. Edwin Lemare and PRC  
April 16, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Hector Olivera

Profile and program coming soon.
May 21, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Gregory Hand

Profile and program coming soon.
Canon John O. BruceCanon John O. Bruce was a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 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.


Past Concert Season Information
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