"The King of Instruments"
The Geneva Music Ministry is promoting three opportunities in June to enjoy the beauty of this majestic instrument and the artistry of those who play it.
Friday, June 16, 7pm
Eddie Zheng Recital (@ Geneva)
Tuesday, June 20, 8pm
Paul Jacobs in Concert (@ Christ Cathedral)
Friday, June 23, 7pm
Bobby Nguyen Recital (@ Geneva)
EDDIE ZHENG RECITAL
Friday, June 16, 7-8pm
Eddie Zheng is a rising star in the world of concert organ music. Born and raised in New York City, he has just earned a Master’s of Music degree and is an incoming Artist Diploma student at The Juilliard School, studying under renowned organist Paul Jacobs. Learn more about this talented artist at eddiezheng.com.
Admission is FREE.
PAUL JACOBS IN CONCERT
Tuesday, June 20, 8-9:30pm
13280 Chapman Avenue
Garden Grove, CA, 92840 (map)
Grammy Award winner Paul Jacobs plays the Hazel Wright Organ at Christ Cathedral accompanied by the Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale. In addition to being an internationally celebrated organist, he is the head of the organ faculty at The Juilliard School.
BOBBY NGUYEN RECITAL
Friday, June 23, 7-8pm
A native of Saigon, Vietnam, “Bobby” Nguyen Tran Xuan Nguyen began his musical studies at age four. He took up organ during college and is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Mr. Paul Jacobs, where he also recently earned his Master of Music degree. He is currently a resident organist at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan, NY.
Admission is FREE.
THE GENEVA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MEMORIAL ORGAN
When Geneva Presbyterian Church prepared its charter in 1965, the members determined that, when funds became available, there would be a fine pipe organ custom built to lead worship and serve the music ministry.
In 1977, members of Geneva watched as the visible pipes of the Memorial Organ were installed rank by rank, Sunday by Sunday. The first set of 40 ranks of pipes was installed on the chancel walls and behind the mesh curtain in the center of the chancel. Since then, dedicated gifts from members resulted in the addition of eight more ranks. In 1996, the organ was completed to the original tonal design of its present 53 ranks.
In 2003, a fundraising campaign led by Geneva members and then-organist Lynnette Ball McGee, raised $185,000 to renovate the pipe organ with a new four-manual console and digital technology. More than 65 sets of digital pipes were added to double the volume and types of sound the organ can produce. The digital sound can be heard through many speakers hidden in the church's sanctuary. A set of hooded festival trumpets completed the instrument. The organists are able to perform a variety of organ repertoire on the Memorial Organ.
THE GENEVA ORGAN FUND
The Geneva Organ Fund was created as a vehicle to raise money for the upkeep and expansion of the Geneva Memorial Organ. To introduce more people to the beauty of this magnificent instrument and the artistry of those who play it, the Fund is now also used to host recitals and concerts featuring local, national and international artists, and to assist with educational opportunities for the next generation of organists. For further information about the fund or the opportunities it provides, contact Geneva organist, Charlotte Hsieh at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may contribute to the organ fund below, choosing "Music Ministry" in the dropdown menu.