Serenity and Celebration
"Serenity and Celebration" offers a bass-rich sonic experience joined by a kaleidoscope retrospective. Through the world-class eyes and ears of organist Peter Stoltzfus Berton and harpist Susan Knapp Thomas, joined by the singers from The Choir School of Newport County, the program introduces viewers to new visual and audio dimensions. Unique camera views and transitions will reveal the inner mechanisms of an organ hard at work on a range of transcriptions, culminating in Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor. Peter Stoltzfus Berton is distinguished as Organist and Choirmaster for St. John the Evangelist church in Newport, RI, and for his role as Founding Director of The Choir School of Newport County. A student of Yale and the University of Michigan, Berton is recognized across the US and Europe for his work as an active composer and choral conductor. Joining Mr. Berton Susan Knapp Thomas, a well-known and widely respected harpist recognized for her attentive playing, quick adaptability and musicianship, Susan Knapp Thomas has enjoyed an active performance career with orchestras, and has done regular work for the Johnny Mathis and Frank Sinatra Jr. shows.
- Variations on an Original Theme (“Enigma”) Op. 36 (1899), IX. Nimrod by Sir Edward Elgar
- Praeludium in g minor BuxVW 149 by Dieterich Buxtehude
- Aria in Classic Style for Harp and Organ Op. 19 by Marcel Grandjany
- Improvisation on St. Denio (1990) by Gerre Hancock and transcribed in 2012-2019 by Peter Stoltzfus Berton
- Lotus by Billy Strayhorn improvised for the funeral of Duke Ellington by Alec Wyton
- Hereford Variations, Op. 22 (2013-2014) IX. Adagio by Peter Stoltzfus Berton
- Toccata on Beecher, Op. 8 (2000) by Peter Stoltzfus Berton
- Symphony No. 6, Op. 59 (1930) V. Final by Louis Vierne
- Trois Improvisations (1928) II. Méditation by Louis Vierne
- Ave Maria for Organ, Harp and Chamber Choir Philippe Rombi
- Kings (2016) by Kit Downes
- Trois Préludes Hambourgeois (1989) I. Salamanca by Guy Bovet
- Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor, BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach
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