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Gail Archer

October 11, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Suggested donation: $20 | $15 Senior | $5 College Student

Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor  and lecturer who draws attention to composer anniversaries or musical themes with her annual recital series in New York City: An American Idyll, Liszt, Bach,  Mendelssohn and Messiaen.  In spring, 2013, the five-concert series was, “The Muses Voice:  A Celebration of International Women Composers.”

Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008; Time-Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as “Best of 2008 ” in Classical music and opera.  Her recordings include The Muse’s Voice, Franz Liszt: A Hungarian Rhapsody, Bach, the Transcendent Genius, An American Idyll, A Mystic In the Making on Meyer-Media LLC  and The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils on CALA Records, London.

She is the founder of Musforum, an international network for women organists to promote and affirm  their work. Ms. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus.  She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.

The Program

  • Praeludium in g minor (BuxWV 149) Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
  • An Wasserflussen Babylon (BWV 653) Johann Sebastian  Bach (1685-1750)
  • Toccata et Fuga in C Major (BWV 547) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • Sonata in Eb minor Horatio Parker (1863-1919)
    • Allegro moderato
    • Andante
    • Allegretto
    • Fugue
  • Ascent Joan Tower (b. 1938)
  • Elegy Mary Howe (1882-1964)
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott Op. 27 Max Reger (1873-1916)


October 11, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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(713) 666-3111


St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church
4900 Jackwood Street
Houston, TX 77096 United States
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