The organ is louder and more impressive than a piano, thought a young Christopher Houlihan. Now, the musician and professor sets out to teach the next generation of organists while also showing the world how colorful and exciting organ music can be.
Christopher Houlihan performs his first recital as faculty member of Hartford's Trinity College on April 20 at 7:30 pm. The Annual Clarence Watters Memorial Recital takes place at Trinity College Chapel (300 Summit St, Hartford, CT).
Organist Christopher Houlihan talks with John Nowacki of New England Public Radio about his new role at Trinity College as the John Rose College Organist and Director of Chapel Music and his recently released Bach CD.
Christopher Houlihan commences BWV542’s Fantasia with a delightful introductory flourish, and characterises the rippling fireworks and introspective interludes with strikingly different yet compelling timbral contrasts, topping things off with a brisk and fluent fugue.
Once again, Houlihan was a first-class advocate, conveying the mellow rumination of the Aria with subtle colors, as surely as the jokey galumphing Scherzo and the enigmatic Adagio before closing with a sonic full-bore blast at the coda.