2022 PS Nicholas Quardokus
Grace Church Cathedral
98 Wentworth St.
Charleston, SC 29401
This event is free and open to the public - No ticket or reservation is needed
Symphony in G major (1931) Leo Sowerby
Potpourri: a dozen miniatures on the twelve trichords (2016) Nathan Stang
Fanfare – Folk Song – Chorale – Canon at the unison – (b. 1990)
Scherzo – March (for the pedals alone) – Offertoire (homage à Tournemire) – Incantation – Trumpet Tune – Platformer – Intercession – Toccata-rondo
Composed for Nicholas Quardokus
The King of Instruments: A Parade of Music and Verse William Albright
for Organ and Narrator (1978) (1944–1998)
Introduction (King Music) – The Manuals – The Pedals – The Flues –
The Mixtures – The Flutes – The Principals – The Sesquialtera – The Reeds –
The Clarion, the Faggott – The Gamba – The Celeste – The Organist
The Very Reverend J. Michael A. Wright, narrator
Variations on America (1891) Charles Ives
Introduction and theme – Variation 1 – Variation 2 – Interlude – (1874–1954)
Variation 3 – Variation 4 – Interlude – Variation 5 “as fast as the pedals can go”
Nicholas Quardokus was appointed Canon Organist and Director of Music at Grace Church Cathedral in August 2021. Previously, he served as Assistant Organist at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, where he accompanied the acclaimed Choir of Men and Boys for daily services, including on their recently released album of the music of Gerre Hancock. Before arriving in New York, he was Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington D.C. and assisted as a part-time interim at Washington National Cathedral. He earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, respectively. His principal teachers included Janette Fishell and Martin Jean (organ), Elisabeth Wright and Arthur Haas (harpsichord), and Jeffrey Brillhart (improvisation). Nicholas has garnered top prizes in competitions around the country and has performed throughout the Eastern United States. Among these include appearances at both regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Kennedy Center, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. His solo performances have been heard broadcast across the nation on public radio’s Harmonia Early Music and Pipedreams.
The Very Reverend J. Michael A. Wright became the tenth Rector of Grace Church in 2006 and the first Dean of Grace Cathedral in 2015. A musician and liturgist, Dean Wright plays the organ, sings, and has written a growing collection of hymns. In the fall of 2020, Michael published his first book with over 60 hymns entitled "Sung Stories: Hymns for the Life of the Church."
2022 PS Nicholas Quardokus
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