From France to Suntree for Pipe Organ Recital



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The mighty pipe organ at Advent Lutheran Church in Suntree will swell under the proficient touch of Alcee Chriss, guest organist and featured performer during the Rising Star concert at3:00 PM on Sunday, May 15 at 7550 North Wickham Road, 32940.  Chriss, who is pursuing a doctorate degree at McGill University in Montreal, will perform works by Bach, Reger, Faure, Rachmaninoff, Sowerby and Boely.  A winner of numerous top prizes at international and national competitions, Alcee Chriss was named a “Rising Star” performer in 2014 by the American Guild of Organists.  He was named to the May 2016 "Top 20 Under 30" list by the organ industry's Diapason Magazine, recognizing 20 young individuals demonstrating superior accomplishments and setting the pace for the future of the pipe organ, carillon and church music.  Fresh from his April solo recital at the Festival Myrelingues in Lyon, France, Alcee Chriss is coming to Brevard to perform on Advent's American-made A.E. Schleuter pipe organ of 36 ranks and 2,196 pipes.  Next month, he will compete as one of 10 finalists in the prestigious Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in Philadelphia. The $40,000 purse is the largest monetary prize for organ competition in the world.  To reserve a free ticket to the May 15 Rising Star pipe organ concert in Suntree, visitwww.AdventBrevard.org or call (321) 426-9378.    

Advent Lutheran Church Organist and Concert Series Coordinator, Betty Jo Couch is delighted to receive the talented Mr. Chriss between his solo recital in Lyon and his participation in the coveted Longwood Gardens competition.

"We are delighted to be able to present Brevard concert-goers with a recital featuring Alcee Chriss," said Couch.  "He is a young man of unquestionable talent and ability; and so very deserving of the title of 'Rising Star.'  We are looking forward to a fantastic concert."   

ABOUT ALCEE CHRISS

Celebrated for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency” (Journal Assist News,Albuquerque), Alcee Chriss III has performed throughout the United States and France and is emerging as an outstanding young concert artist of virtuosity and versatility. He has won top prizes at international and national competitions, receiving First Prize and Audience Prize in the Miami International Organ Competition (2014), the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition (2016), the Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition in Wethersfield, CT (2013), and the Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists in Austin, TX (2013). Alcee was also selected as one of five finalists for the final round of the Taylor Organ Competition in Atlanta, GA in April 2015, and won the $5,000 second prize. In addition to being a “Rising Star” performer at the AGO National Convention in Boston, MA during the summer of  2014, he also received a grant from Oberlin’s 1835 fund to spend January 2014 in France studying historic organs and repertoire. Alcee will return to France in April 2016 to perform a solo recital as a part of the Festival Myrelingues in Lyon. In June 2016, he will compete as one of ten finalist in the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, which boasts the largest monetary organ prize in the world.

An alumnus of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Alcee received the Masters degree in historical keyboard and a Bachelors degree in Organ. At Oberlin, he studied organ with James David Christie, Olivier Latry, and has had studies in improvisation with Marie-Louise Langlais. He has studied harpsichord and continuo playing with Webb Wiggins and Hank Knox. In May 2015, he served as the harpsichordist for Oberlin’s production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s opera Les Plaisirs de Versailles at both the National Museum of American History and the Boston Early Music Festival.

In the fall of 2015, he began his doctorate degree at McGill University where he studies with Hans-Ola Ericsson. He has performed in such venues as the Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas, TX), John F. Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, Caruth Auditorium, and St. Olaf’s Catholic Church, Minneapolis MN, among others. In addition to his organ and harpsichord studies, Alcee is active as a conductor and jazz pianist.

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