Bosetti Sunday Concert February 26, 2017

Organist: Patrick Torsell, Littleton

PROGRAM

Organ Literature Through the Years

 

1. Claude Balbastre (1724-1799) - Prelude from his Concerto in D Major (3:30)

2. Francisco Peraza (1564-1598) - Medio Registro Alto de Primer Tono (4:00)

3. Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707) - Praeludium in F Major (3:30) 

4. Francois Couperin (1668-1733) - Chromhorne en Taille (2:45)

5. J.S. Bach (1685-1750) - Gigue Fugue (3:30)

6. J.S. Bach - Leibster Jesu, wir sind hier (3:00)

7. J.S. Bach - Allegro from A minor Concerto (a Vivaldi, 4:30)

8. Cesar Franck (1822-1890) - Petit Offertoire (4:30)

9. Theodore Dubois (1837-1924) - Toccata in G Major (7:30)

10. Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937) - Finale from Symphony IV (5:00)

 

Biography

 

Patrick Torsell is a mult-instrumental musician and vocalist whose primary focuses are classical organ, jazz piano, and sacred vocal music. Patrick grew up in central Pennsylvania, where he began playing the organ at age 8, taking his first professional organist position at age 11. In 2009, Patrick was hired as Director of Music at Blessed Sacrament Parish in the resort town of Stowe, VT, where he developed a music program in keeping with the Church's guidelines for Sacred Music. There, he also transformed a volunteer choir--which struggled to sing in unison--into a group capable of singing 4-part polyphony. During two subsequent years of formation at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, NE, Patrick spent a great deal of time studying and learning about Gregorian Chant and Sacred Polyphony, while he continued to build his organ repertoire as a seminary organist, and he learned still more about the integral role of sacred music in the liturgical life of the Catholic Church. Upon leaving the seminary in 2013, Patrick was hired as organist at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Littleton, a parish served by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, which celebrates Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Patrick also directs a volunteer choir at historic Annunciation Church (Holy Family Parish) in Leadville, CO, where he resides and works in senior management at nearby Ski Cooper.