Frederick Swann was Director of Music and Organist of the Riverside Church in New York for 25 years, prior to assuming a similar position at the Crystal Cathedral in California. This CD is a re-mastering of two recordings he made at Riverside in 1978 and 1979. The church is monumental in size, with a seating capacity of 2500. For this gargantuan sized room, there are two appropriately sized Aeolian-Skinner organs, which together total 203 ranks and more than 11,000 pipes.
David's Higgs is Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music, and widely admired for both his extraordinary technique, but his ability to communicate to audiences. This unusual program at The Riverside Church includes rarely played works by jazz pianist, George Shearing, David Conte, Alainand William Bolcom, but is anchored by barn-burning favorites by Mendelssohn, and Franck, concluding with a thrilling performance of the Duruflé Suite.
Program Host—J. MICHAEL BARONE, host of the Pipedreams radio program Remarks—RICHARD TORRENCE, Virgil Fox’s Concert Manager A remarkable concert and tribute to Virgil Fox, recorded at The Riverside Church, October 8, 2000. The list of performers include former students and prominent organists who were greatly influenced by Fox's charisma and musicianship.