Sacred Music In A Sacred Space

Published on September 19, 2011, 11:31 am
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Hailed by The New York Times as “a technically nimble and dynamic organist,” Renée Anne Louprette has established a formidable international career as organ recitalist, accompanist and conductor. Ms. Louprette was recently appointed Organist and Associate Director of Music and the Arts of Trinity Wall Street in New York City, where she will collaborate with the renowned Trinity Choir under the directorship of Dr. Julian Wachner.

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., Renée will perform a program spanning centuries of organ music. The program opens with gems from Spanish composers of the 16th-18th centuries. Closing the first half is a selection by Swiss organist/composer Guy Bovet (b. 1942), a specialist of Hispanic organ music. The second half of the program features two selections by 20th century French composer Jehan Alain, including his most famous work Litanies. The recital ends with the world premiere of Diptyque – Mannahatta 1611-2011 by organist/composer David Briggs. The work, commissioned by Ms. Louprette, depicts the story of Manhattan from unsettled forest to cosmopolitan capital.

Renée Anne Louprette
Organ Recital

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
SEBASTIÁN AGUILERA DE HEREDIA: Obra de 8° tono alto: Ensalada
PABLO BRUNA: Tiento de Falsas de Segundo Tono
SEBASTIÁN DURÓN: Gaitilla de Mano Izquierda
FRANCISCO CORREA DE ARAUXO: Tiento de Medio Registro de Tiple de Cuarto Tono
JOSÉ LIDÓN: 4 piezas para la Misa    
Elevación – Andante devoto    
Orlos, Dulzainas, y Chirimias de ambas manos – Allegro
GUY BOVET: Trois Préludes Hambourgeois


DAVID BRIGGS: Diptyque – Mannahatta 1611-2011 (World Premiere; Commissioned by Renée Anne Louprette)
Tickets: General Seating = $20, $15 (students/seniors)
Available online here or by phone at 212-288-2520

Biographical notes:

From 2005 to 2011, she served as Associate Director of Music at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York where she was a featured recitalist, continuo player, accompanist and conductor on the prominent Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series, as well as director of the N.P. Mander Organ recital series.
Since 2007, she has been a member of the faculty of the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey as Adjunct Professor of Organ. There she has overseen the development of the organ class on both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has established a new organ recital and master class series recently featuring internationally acclaimed artists Dame Gillian Weir, James David Christie and Stephen Tharp. In April 2010, she led an educational tour of historic organs in the south of France for the European Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in collaboration with the organ department of Montclair State University.

Renée Anne Louprette has presented recitals at the festivals of Dún Laoghaire, Ireland; Magadino, Switzerland; In Tempore Organi, Italy; Ghent and Hasselt, Belgium; and Toulouse Les Orgues, France. She appeared as organ soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia under the direction of Emmanuel Plasson in a performance of Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony broadcast internationally on ABC radio. She has been featured at two Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists (Region II in 2007, Regions I & II in 2011) as well as the 2010 National Convention in Washington, D.C., where she performed before an audience of 4,000 in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. She has performed recitals throughout the UK and Ireland including at Westminster Abbey and the Temple Church in London, St. Giles Cathedral Edinburgh and Dunblane Cathedral, Scotland, and Galway Cathedral, Ireland. Recent American appearances included St. Thomas Church, New York City; the Cathedral of St. Paul in Pittsburgh; College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts; and the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. She has been invited to present a lecture-recital on the life and works of Jehan Alain in February 2012 for the annual President’s Day Conference of the New York City Chapter – American Guild of Organists.

Ms. Louprette has collaborated with a number of acclaimed New York City ensembles including the Clarion Music Society, American Symphony Orchestra, the Dessoff Choirs, New York Choral Society, Gotham City Orchestra, Oratorio Society of New York, Cantori New York, Orchestra of Our Time and Piffaro, appearing in Carnegie, Avery Fisher and Merkin Halls and the Miller Theatre of Columbia University.

Renée Anne Louprette holds a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in piano performance and a Graduate Professional Diploma in organ performance from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, where she began organ studies in 1993 with Larry Allen. She pursued private studies with Dame Gillian Weir in London and with James David Christie. She earned a Premier Prix – mention très bien in 2003 from the Conservatoire National de Région de Toulouse, France and a Diplôme Supérieur in organ performance in 2005 from the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Musique et de Danse de Toulouse, where she specialized in interpretation with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen and improvisation with Philippe Lefebvre. She is a member of the Executive Board of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Chair of the Chapter’s International Performer of the Year committee. She previously served as Dean of the Greater Hartford, Connecticut Chapter AGO.

For more information, please contact:

Erin Acheson
Executive Director, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space
Music Administrator, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola

980 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Tel.: 646-981-2612
Fax.: 212-734-3671
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Also join the admission-free lecture Let’s Hear More! on Monday, September 26th at 7:30 p.m. Organist Renée Anne Louprette and composer David Briggs will discuss the world premiere commission Diptyque – Mannahatta 1611-2011, a work depicting Manhattan’s journey from unsettled forest to cosmopolitan capital.

The event is free in St. Ignatius Loyola’s Organ Loft. Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue at 84th Street. Enter through the Parish House. For more information, please call 212-288-3588.


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