Organ Recital: Monte Maxwell
Monte Maxwell, organ
Mitchell Bell and Timmy Maggs, bells (The All-American Boys Chorus)
WAGNER: Fanfares from Parsifal
BIZET (arr. Maxwell): Suite from Carmen
BACH: Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542
YON: Humoresque "L'organo Primitivo"
WIDOR: Andante Cantabile from Organ Symphony No. 4, Op. 13
SOUSA: Stars and Stripes Forever
~ Intermission ~
MAXWELL: A Military Salute
RUSSELL: The Bells of St. Anne de Beaupré from St. Lawrence Sketches
WILLIAMS: Major Something, Non Fat Latte! Op. 4
WAGNER (arr. Maxell): To the Evening Star from Tannhäuser
VIERNE: Finale from Symphonie No.6, Op.59
Organist Monte Maxwell has played for diplomats and national leaders from around the world, and now he performs for you! Hear this outstanding virtuoso on a wide-ranging program. This matinee recital includes the best of organ music—from Wagner to Bach, Widor to Bizet, Vierne to Yon and far beyond as Maxwell showcases the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ’s stunning palette of sounds, often adding his own twist to classic arrangements.
Watch Monte Maxwell perform "Stars and Stripes Forever" on the Naval Academy Organ:
Monte Maxwell, Chapel Organist, Director of Chapel Music and the Midshipmen Symphony Orchestra, began his service at the United States Naval Academy in 1997. A native of San Angelo, Texas, Maxwell earned his Bachelor of Music from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, studying with Emmet G. Smith. He was then invited to study at the Curtis Institute of Music with John Weaver where he received an Artist Diploma, Curtis' highest degree. Maxwell earned his Master of Music from The Juilliard School of Music, also studying with John Weaver. While studying in Philadelphia, Mr. Maxwell was an Associate Organist at the John Wanamaker Store, playing the famed six-manual organ, the largest playing organ in the world.
At the Naval Academy, Maxwell serves as the principal organist for the Protestant and Catholic services as well as playing for weddings, memorial services, funerals and performances throughout the year. His additional responsibilities include working with the Protestant and Catholic Chapel Choirs, the Protestant Chapel Chorale, the Men's and Women's Glee Clubs, and conducting the annual winter musical theater productions as well as the Naval Academy Midshipmen Symphony Orchestra. He oversees the annual Chapel Organ Concert series which features guest performing artists from across the United States. He has also served as the Chairman of the Naval Academy Music Department and Director of Instrumental Activities.