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Organ Superstar: Hector Olivera

Organ Superstar: Hector Olivera

GUEST ARTIST
Hector Olivera, organ


PROGRAM
MEYERBEER: Coronation March from "Le Prophète"
J.S. BACH: "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" (BWV 659)
MICHEELSEN: Toccata on "Es sungen drei Engel"
BOSSI: Scherzo in G minor Op. 49 No 2
FRANCK: Choral No 1 in E Major
~ Intermission ~
Paraphrases and Improvisations:
"Could It Be Magic" Tribute to Barry Manilow
"Root Beer Rag" Tribute to Billy Joel
"Jesus Christ Superstar" Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber
"Bohemian Rhapsody" Tribute to Freddie Mercury

One of today’s most sought-after concert organists, Juilliard-trained Hector Olivera is a passionate musician, whose interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world. The Times Reporter describes an evening with Hector Olivera as “an event, a happening, a joyful celebration of the sheer power and pressure that a true virtuoso like Olivera can unleash in a concert hall.” Experience the might of this organ master as he performs a wide-ranging program of the most virtuosic repertoire, in addition to his masterful improvisations on popular themes.

Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the organist!

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Program Notes

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Hector Olivera

Guest Artist

Hector Olivera

Since entering the Buenos Aires Conservatory as a child prodigy at age 6, Hector Olivera has become one of the most sought after and revered international concert organists of the present time.

Born in Buenos Aires, Olivera began playing the pipe organ when he was 3. At age 5, he played for the legendary Eva Perón, at 12, entered the University of Buenos Aires and by age 18, he had performed for heads of state throughout Latin America. When offered a scholarship at the renowned Juilliard School of Music, Maestro Olivera came to the United States and within three years, his extraordinary professional concert career was launched when he won the American Guild of Organists' National Improvisation Competition.

Olivera has performed in solo concerts throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and Latin America, South Africa and as guest soloist with prominent symphony orchestras worldwide.

Whether in a prestigious venue like Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, the Classical Newport Music Festival, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, in conjunction with a celebrated event like the Olympic games or in one of countless standing room only concerts, the most sophisticated and demanding organ aficionados claim that Maestro Olivera is “one of today's most outstanding and respected concert organists.”

Olivera's performance schedule, critical acclaim, CD'S/DVD, booking and special events information can be accessed by visiting www.hectorolivera.com.