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Stephen Tharp, organ

Pre-concert talk with Stephen Tharp and Alan Morrison – 2:00 PM

“Jaw-dropping brilliance”

(American Organist, Scott Cantrell on Tharp’s arrangement and performance of Rite of Spring“)

One of the great concert organists of our age with more than 1,400 concerts given worldwide, Stephen Tharp “plays as if the music were in his life-blood: musical, spacious, accurate, persuasive, convincing” (Organists’ Review). “The consummate creative artist” (Michael Barone, Pipedreams), Tharp is “authoritative, impassioned, supremely musical and technically impeccable” (The American Organist). “Brilliant. Perhaps no more need be said. Mr. Tharp nearly had his audience on its feet following his first piece” (The Console Crier, Chicago Chapter, American Guild of Organists).


Spivey Hall Friends Concert Sponsors:

Don and Jeannine Morrison


“With Mr. Tharp, the magic is always there” (


George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759): From Music for the Royal Fireworks (1748): Overture (transcribed for organ by Stephen Tharp)

César FRANCK (1822-1890): From Trois Chorals (1890): Choral No. 2 in B minor

George BAKER (b. 1951): Danse Diabolique (2015) (written for Stephen Tharp)

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937): La Valse (1920) (transcribed for organ by Eugenio Fagiani and dedicated to Stephen Tharp)


Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971): Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913) (transcribed for organ by Stephen Tharp)

Part I : The Adoration of the Earth
Introduction - Dances of the young girls - Ritual of Abduction - Spring Rounds - Ritual of the two rival tribes - Procession of the Sage (the oldest and wisest one) - The Sage - Dance of the Earth

Part II : The Sacrifice
Introduction - Mystic circles of the young girls - Glorification of the chosen one - Evocation of the ancestors - Ritual action of the ancestors - Sacrificial dance: the chosen one

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