The variety of musical styles and genres presented by the concert department of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Naperville keeps pleasantly surprising the public. So, it's no surprise that the next tremendous concert is going to introduce one of the most talented and recognized organists in the world – Adam Brakel.
The organ at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral is the largest digital/pipe combination in the Midwest, so of course such a talented organist was interested in performing on this great instrument. Together, they will create a beautiful duet that will present an unforgettable performance to the audience.
You can hear Adam Brakel perform at Ss. Peter and Paul on Saturday, March 22nd, at 8 p.m. This young but already very successful organist has been compared to Liszt, Gould, Bernstein and Paganini. As it has been noted by the Florida National Public Radio, Adam Brakel is “an absolute organ prodigy, with the technique and virtuosity that most concert pianists could only dream of and having the potential to be the leading organist of his generation…The Franz Liszt of the organ”.
The concert in Naperville is going to be followed by a series of concerts in America and also in Germany, the Netherlands and Hong-Kong. So, the Chicago area residents should try to use this unique opportunity to hear such a great musician, especially because we never know when Adam will come back to Chicago again. The last time he performed in Chicago was in 2011 at the famed Fourth Presbyterian Church downtown. This time, the concert is going to be unforgettable again, and the repertoire is also very impressive.
The performance will start with the Concert Variations on the "Star Spangled Banner" by Dudley Buck. It is considered to be one of the most famous settings of Star Spangled Banner for organ. Adam chose to start the concert with this particular piece being inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.
Mr. Brakel will then please the audience with the impressive sounds of the “Wedge” Prelude and Fugue in e minor (BWV 548) by Johann Sebastian Bach, which will help the listeners to dissolve in this beautiful music written in the eighteenth century.
Also, the audience will have a chance to hear a thoughtful Cantilena by Andrew Fletcher, an impressive piece called St. Francis of Paola Walking on the Waves by Franz Liszt, Variations on Shenandoah written by Dick Hyman and arranged for organ by Adam Brakel, and Naiades from Pieces de Fantaisie by Louis Vierne.
The concert will end with two songs from Sunday Music (Nedelni Hudba) called Moto Ostinato and Finale written by a Czech composer Petr Eben.
To have a better understand Adam Brakel performance and what to expect from the concert, watch Fete by Langlais performed by Adam. Pay attention to his tremendous technique. Dr. Fred Moleck from GIAQuarterly and GIAPublications wrote about this great musician: “Because of his enormous vitality and scorching organ technique, Adam Brakel has to be the incarnation of Liszt and Paganini without the histrionics.”
The most interesting thing is that this unforgettable concert is being offered for only five dollars a ticket, which is almost a gift from Ss. Peter and Paul to all Naperville area residents. You can buy tickets by calling 630-718-2119, going online at www.sspeterandpaul.net or purchasing tickets at 36 N. Ellsworth Street in Naperville.