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Organist Gail Archer to perform at Divinity Lutheran

Gail ArcherSunday, March 15, 2015 at 3:00 PM in the Sanctuary

On Sunday, March 15, Arts in Action welcomes Gail Archer to Divinity.  Ms. Archer is a GRAMMY-nominated, international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer. In the spring of 2010, she celebrated the 325th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach with six concerts around New York City, concluding with the Art of Fugue at Central Synagogue. Lucid Culture proclaimed, "Like the composers she chooses, Archer's playing spans the range of human emotions—with Bach, there’s always plenty to communicate, but this time out it was mostly an irresistibly celebratory vibe." In 2009, her spring series, Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century was inspired by Mendelssohn's extraordinary versatility as composer, conductor, performer and scholar and included the organ music of his sister, Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann. The series was recorded live and is available online at Meyer-Media. Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer's birth in 2008. The New York Times declared, "Ms. Archer's well-paced interpretation had a compelling authority. She played with a bracing physicality in the work's more driven passages and endowed humbler ruminations with a sense of vulnerability and awe." Time-Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as "Best of 2008" in Classical music and opera. Besides her touring she also has responsibilities at Barnard College of Columbia University, Vassar College, the Manhattan School of Music, and Central Synagogue of New York.  This will be a FREE concert.

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