AFTER NOON CONCERT SERIES
Thursday, 12.30-1pm,Virtual Event
Eric Plutz, University Organist at Princeton University, will play an All-French program, consisting of works by Gigout, Vierne, Fauré, and Duruflé. Due to the current restrictions on attendance, this concert will be live streamed. This performance is virtual only and will be livestreamed on the ORL YouTube page available through this link. The program will also be recorded for viewing at a later time.
The After Noon Concert Series is a weekly opportunity for the Princeton Community to enjoy performances at the Princeton University Chapel by local, national, and international organists. Offered each Thursday, while classes are in session, these half-hour concerts showcase the flexibility of the magnificent Skinner/Mander Chapel organ. Each visiting organist rehearses and performs, bringing forth a different voice and character from the organ. Additionally, several times each semester, the concert is broadcast LIVE, as it happens, on the local classical music radio station, WWFM (89.1), and available to the world at www.wwfm.org(link is external). The concerts occur Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. during the academic year.
The program for this performance is below.
After Noon Concert Series featuring Eric Plutz, Organist; Princeton University Chapel; January 27, 2022; 12:30 p.m.
Grand Choeur Dialogué by Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)
Allegro Vivace from Symphony No. 1, Op. 14 by Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain, Op. 7 by Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
The recitalist on February 3rd will be Alfred Yoon, Student, Princeton University. We’re on Facebook at “Princeton University Chapel After Noon Concert Series.” Please join the group to be informed of events and announcements concerning After Noon Concerts at Princeton.
Today’s Musician: Eric Plutz is University Organist at Princeton University, where his responsibilities include playing for weekly services at the Chapel, Academic Ceremonies, and solo concerts, as well as accompanying the University Chapel Choir in services and concerts. He coordinates the weekly After Noon Concert Series at the University Chapel, is Lecturer in Music and Instructor of Organ at Princeton University, and maintains a private studio. Also in Princeton, Mr. Plutz is rehearsal accompanist for Princeton Pro Musica. In 2016 Mr. Plutz received the Alumni Merit Award from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. More information is available at www.ericplutz.com. Performances of The Vierne Project (the complete organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, honoring the composer’s Sesquicentennial) were presented in early 2020 and late 2021. One of a handful of organists to embark on such a venture, Mr. Plutz performed in Beverly Hills (CA), Durham (NC), Minneapolis (MN), Lancaster and Reading (PA), Ithaca (NY), Houston (TX), Evanston (IL), Portland (OR), and Olympia (WA). As an organ concert soloist, Mr. Plutz, who “performs with gusto, flair, clarity, and strong yet pliant rhythmic control (James Hildreth, for The American Organist),” has accepted engagements in distinguished locations across the United States and abroad including Germany, Austria, Philadelphia (Verizon Hall, the Wanamaker Organ, Longwood Gardens), New York City (Avery Fisher Hall, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Cathedral of St. John the Divine), Washington, DC (Washington National Cathedral), and San Francisco (Grace Cathedral). He has been a featured artist at three Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists (2007, 2011, 2019), the Annual Convention of the Organ Historical Society (2016), and at the 2010 National AGO Convention in Washington, DC, Mr. Plutz performed twice, in collaboration with two local groups. His playing has been broadcast on “With Heart and Voice,” “Pipedreams,” and “the Wanamaker Organ Hour.” Eric has made four solo recordings on the Pro Organo label, www.proorgano.com. French Trilogy (on the Æolian-Skinner Organ at Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC), about which James Reed (The Diapason) wrote, “Plutz is a master craftsman… his performances are sensitive, emotional, stunningly accurate, and spectacularly musical… truly a world-class performance by a world-class musician,” and Denver Jubilee (restored 1938 Kimball Organ of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Denver, CO), about which David Schwartz (American Record Guide) wrote, “….he understands, as would a great orchestrator, how to register the more orchestral side of the instrument….” Two previous recordings are of the Princeton University Chapel Organ: Musique Héroïque and Carnival, about which Mr. Hildreth (TAO) writes, “Plutz’s extraordinary musicianship and dexterous command allow him to perform the most challenging passages (of which there are many!) with apparent ease. He performs the quiet pieces with poetry and grace.” As an accompanist, Mr. Plutz has recently concluded a 15-year period as rehearsal accompanist for the Westminster Symphonic Choir at Westminster Choir College. Additionally, he has worked with many organizations, including the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, National Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society of Washington, and the Cathedral Choral Society (DC). As a teacher, he held the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College three separate times. Originally from Rock Island, Illinois, Mr. Plutz earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. Additional study consists of two visits to Europe: in 2005, he studied the complete organ works of César Franck with Marie-Louise Langlais in Paris, and in 2019 he studied the complete organ symphonies of Louis Vierne with Ben van Oosten in The Hague, Netherlands.
After Noon Concert Series 2021-2022
Fall Term 2021
Sep 9 – Eric Plutz, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Sep 16 – Marvin Mills, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Kensington, MD
Sep 23 – James D. Wetzel, Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, New York, NY
Sep 30 – Jordan Prescott, Grace and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD
Oct 7 – Victoria Shields, Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Westport, CT
Oct 14 – Emily Amos, Student, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA
Oct 21 – Fall Break, No Concert
Oct 28 – James Roman, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Houston, TX
Nov 4 – Steven Patchel, Immanuel Episcopal Church, Highlands, Wilmington, DE
Nov 11 – Kerry Heimann, Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Trenton, NJ
Nov 18 – Brenda Arnold Day, First Presbyterian Church, Metuchen, NJ
Nov 25 – Thanksgiving, No Concert
Dec 2 – Tyrone Whiting , Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Philadelphia, PA
Spring Spring 2022
Jan 27 – Eric Plutz, University Organist, Princeton, NJ
Feb 3 – Alfred Yoon, Student, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Feb 10 – Charles Sundquist, Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, Chicago, IL
Feb 17 – Manuel Piazza, Organ Student at Yale University, New Haven, CT
Feb 24 – Edward Alan Moore, Director of Music at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 3 – Mina Choi and Eri Takeguchi, Organ Duet, Doylestown, PA / Saarbrücken, Germany
Mar 10 – Spring Break, No Concert
Mar 17 – Jerrick Cavagnaro, Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC
Mar 24 – Jonathan Vaughn, Christ Episcopal Church, Greenwich, CT
Mar 31 – John Butt, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
Apr 7 – Charles Higgs, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Milton, GA
Apr 14 – Holy Week, No Concert
Apr 21 – David Tinoco, First Presbyterian Church of Inglewood, Inglewood, CA