World's Largest Organ Concert

October 15, 2000, 2:30 p.m.
Campbell United Methodist
1675 Winchester Blvd.

PRESS RELEASE—The San Jose Chapter of the AGO will feature San Francisco organist David Hegarty in a unique concert that truly exemplifies the AGO project goal for this nationwide simultaneous multi-concert event: "It is designed to entertain, inform, and engage new audiences for organ music, while giving seasoned listeners a fresh perspective on the organ's expansive repertoire."

Indeed, this program will introduce an orchestral dimension to the "classical" organ, involving a significant genre of the symphonic repertoire which is often overlooked by serious musicians.

In the manner of Hegarty's monthly "Organ Pops Concerts" at the "California Palace of the Legion of Honor," this will be a symphonic concert of unusually broad proportions, applying the resources of Campbell Methodist's versatile 48-rank Schantz to perform:

  • Film music of Hollywood's Golden Age (c. 1935-1955) by such distinguished composers as Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Newman, and Jerome Moross

  • Light orchestral music by Leroy Anderson

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," incorporating J.S. Bach's unwitting contribution to the "Phantom" tradition


David Hegarty is best known in the Bay Area as the organist of the Castro Theatre since 1978. He also plays regularly at the Stanford Theatre (Palo Alto) and at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. He is a prolific composer/arranger, and, as a concert organist, he specializes in his own transcriptions of film music from Hollywood's Golden Age.

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