Isabelle Demers to present organ concert at Stambaugh Auditorium


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Stambaugh Auditorium will host a concert at 4 p.m. Sept. 20 by organist Dr. Isabelle Demers, an organ professor who heads the organ program at Baylor University in Texas.

This performance will include works such as “Allegro Maestoso” from Symphony No. 2 op. 2 in e by Louis Vierne, excerpts from “Cinderella” by Sergei Prokofiev, Adagio in E Major by Frank Bridge, and “Variations on a Theme by Paganini” by Sir Georges Thalben-Ball, among others.

Demers is becoming known as one of North America’s most virtuosic organists. She gained notoriety during the 2010 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) in Washington, D.C. Critics called her performance “one of the most outstanding events at the convention” (The American Organist) to go along with the standing-room only audience that called her back five times.

The native of Quebec has performed extensively in Europe as well as from coast to coast in the United States. She began piano study at age 6, and at age 11 she began piano and organ study at the Montreal Conservatory of Music. Upon her graduation in 2003, she studied on scholarship for one year in Paris at the Ecole Normale de Paris-Alfred Cortot. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City. At Juilliard, she studied under Grammy Award winner Paul Jacobs.

In addition to her 2010 AGO performance, Demers was a featured performer at the 2008 National Convention in Minneapolis, and her performance was later broadcast to a national radio audience. She also was featured at the 2009 National Convention of the Royal Canadian College of Organists in Toronto.

For more information or for tickets to the concert at Stambaugh Auditorium, visit stambaughauditorium.com, or call the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office at 330-259-0555.

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