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Onstage: Fisk and foremost: William Porter on organ

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Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 4:17 pm, Sat Mar 9, 2013.

One of America’s most respected organists, William Porter has served on the faculties at various schools of higher education that qualify as organ hotbeds: Oberlin, Yale, the New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music, where he continues to teach part time as professor of harpsichord and organ. As a leading proponent of historical approaches to musical performance, he is widely associated with Baroque music. Nonetheless, when he performs on the C.B. Fisk organ at Santa Fe’s First Presbyterian Church (208 Grant Ave.) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, he will steer clear of the Baroque. Instead he offers French repertoire from the period 1870 to 1930 by Charles-Marie Widor, Louis Vierne, Joseph-Ermend Bonnal, and Henri Mulet along with the Pièce sonatique by the contemporary Swedish composer Fredrik Tobin and concluding improvisations. No tickets are required; donations appreciated. For information, call 982-8544.

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