Preview: Major Organ Work to be Premiered This Saturday

Thomas Winthrop Stevens

Thomas Winthrop Stevens, composer and pianist. Photo courtesy of the composer.

Queen of Angels Church in Lincoln Square will be the setting for a concert featuring piano and organ music by Chicago composer/pianist Thomas Winthrop Stevens this Saturday evening, October 27, at 7:30pm.

The concert will open with Stevens performing his own works on piano. Stevens’ music spans a wide range, and he will be performing works from the pop, jazz, and classical repertoire. His piano music can be both plaintive and dramatic; many of his pieces have fully written-out scores, while others are improvisations.

Organist Kent Jager, music director at Queen of Angels Church. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The second half of Saturday night’s concert will be the world premiere of a major, four-movement work for solo organ, Petite Suite, which will be performed by Queen of Angels’ music director Kent Jager. The setting by itself is remarkable, as the Queen of Angels’ organ is large, with a robust sound. That Jager is performing the premiere is also appropriate, as Stevens dedicated the work to him.

Stevens is no stranger to contemporary music concerts at Queen of Angels. He is a regular contributor to Chicago Soundings, the contemporary music series hosted by Chicago composer George Flynn at the same church.

Queen of Angels Church is located at 2330 W. Sunnyside Ave. The concert is Saturday, October 27, at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

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