John Karl Hirten
John Karl Hirten regularly performs organ recitals in the Bay Area, including monthly programs at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. He is Director of Music at St. Stephen's Church in Belvedere, an accompanist for the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and a composer.
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The Parisian titular organist holds a special — some would say even exalted — place in the hearts and minds of organ fans. Indeed, few musicians are subjected to the depth of training, not to mention the crucible of exams and competitions, which such a musician endures to attain the post of, say, Organiste Titulaire at the historic church of Saint-Séverin, where Christophe Mantoux presides.More about First Congregational Church of Berkeley »
The composer Ned Rorem once said that he didn't particularly enjoy going to organ recitals, because the live acoustics in churches prevented him from properly hearing the music. He thought that other organists, who are used to hearing through the acoustical fog, mostly made up the audiences for these recitals.More »
The nice thing about living in 21st-century California is that people find gods for everything and in every place. Take J.S. Bach, for instance. He’s a god of music if ever there was one and, as every god should, he has a high priest.
At least, that’s what it says in Anthony Newman’s bio. The organist, who played a recital at Grace Cathedral on Saturday, has been dubbed the high priest of Bach by no less a musician than Wynton Marsalis.