Concert at St. Paul’s in Houston
Dr. Paolo Bordignon, the Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Houston, will present an organ recital at the church on Tuesday, November 18, at 7 p.m.
Selections for the first half of the program will be
- Prelude and Fugue in B Minor (BWV 544) by Johann Sebastian Bach
- A Fancie (in C) by William Byrd
- Second movement from Méditations sur Le Mystère de La Sainte Trinité by Olivier Messiaen
- Scherzo in G Minor (Op. 49, No. 2) by Marco Enrico Bossi
Following an intermission, the evening will conclude with the six-movement Première Symphonie (Op. 14) by Louis Vierne.
About Dr. Bordignon
Prior to coming to St. Paul’s in March of this year, Dr. Bordignon had been Associate Director of Music at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, where he helped oversee one of the nation’s pre-eminent church music programs. He directed the Boy & Girl Choristers and played the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs of the chapel and church, the latter being one of the world’s largest.
Dr. Bordignon earned Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School. Studying organ with John Weaver and harpsichord with Lionel Party, he was the first person to graduate Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music with a degree in harpsichord (a double major with organ). Doctoral studies took him to Leipzig and Berlin, where he examined Johann Sebastian Bach's 1724 autograph and original performance materials of Cantata, Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67.
Deeply committed to training the next generation of musicians, Dr. Bordignon has served on the VOICE Choral Music Charter School board of directors and has been on the faculty of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.
He has served on the roster of associate organists for the Wanamaker Grand Court organ in Philadelphia, the world’s largest operational pipe organ, and he is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, having won the major prizes.
Born in Toronto of Italian heritage, Dr. Bordignon received early musical training at St. Michael's Choir School and studied organ with John Tuttle. At age 16 he was appointed Associate Organist of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Cathedral, where his responsibilities included playing for liturgies and numerous other Archdiocesan services of national attention in a major music program including a full-time Choir School, concerts, recordings, and tours.
In performance throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, he has received critical acclaim ranging from “outstanding... lively and distinctive” for his interpretations of early music to “compelling” for performances of avant-garde repertoire. His diverse engagements have included organ recitals at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and St. Eustache (Paris), a harpsichord performance for New York Fashion Week, and conducting appearances on NBC’s Today.
Dr. Bordignon was a featured soloist inaugurating Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, performing the New York premiere of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra. He serves as harpsichordist of the New York Philharmonic and has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Knights, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra (Lincoln Center), American Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Ars Nova Copenhagen, plus a Juilliard Gala with Renée Fleming and Wynton Marsalis.
His other recital or concert appearances over the next few months beyond Sunday mornings at St. Paul’s include:
- Mercury Houston Community Concerts (www.mercuryhouston.org) featuring works of Beethovan and Elgar: November 21 at 8, University of Houston, Clear Lake, and November 22 at 8 p.m., Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater.
- New York Philharmonic (www.nyphil.org) Handel’s Messiah: December 16-20, various times, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.
- Music in Context Recital Series (www.musicincontext.org) Bordignon’s Houston Harpsichord Solo Recital Debut: January 25 at 4 p.m. in Rice University’s Duncan Recital Hall.
Located at 5501 Main at Binz/Bissonnet in the Museum District, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is a cathedral for Houston that embodies its diversity inspires faith and leads change for the common good of all peoples and communities. Free parking is available across Fannin Street from the church, and the Museum District MetroRail stops are within walking distance of the church. Website: www.stpaulshouston.org.