American organist Christopher Houlihan will perform masterworks by Johann Sebastian Bach to conclude his 2013-2014 artistic residency at Trinity College. His program will include his own transcription of Bach’s “Italian Concerto” and the famous Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor.
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564
Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544
Italian Concerto, BWV 971
arranged for organ, Christopher Houlihan
Final from St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
‘Mattheus-Final’ from Bach’s Memento
transcribed for organ, Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV 530
Ich Ruf Zu Dir Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
Now 26 years old, Houlihan is hailed as an extraordinarily gifted musician among a young generation of organists, and is one of the very few organists in the world who earns his living entirely from performing. In 2012, his marathon concerts of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne in six North American cities received rave reviews. A highlight of his 2014 fall touring schedule is a performance with the brass section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, on October 12.
A Connecticut native, Houlihan is a 2009 graduate of Trinity College, where he studied with John Rose, his organ teacher from the age of twelve. During his junior year he studied in France where he studied organ with Jean Baptiste Robin in Versailles and earned the Prix de Perfectionnement from the French Regional Conservatory. Also while in France he also served as Assistant Cathedral Musician at the American Cathedral in Paris where he performed for then-President and First Lady of the United States, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bush.
In his senior year he made his orchestral debut with the Hartford Symphony and also recorded his first two CDs, prompting classmates to form the “Houli Fans,” a fan base that continues to grow on Facebook. He earned his master’s degree in 2011 from The Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Paul Jacobs.
The Trinity College Chapel organ was built by Austin Organs of Hartford and contains nearly 5,000 pipes. A gift from the Diebold Foundation enabled the installation of a new four manual console, which was designed by John Rose and Christopher Houlihan, last year.
Photo attached: Christopher Houlihan, photo by Ali Winberry