Organist Leonardo Ciampa puts the MIT Chapel organ through its paces in a varied and colorful program that will be broadcast on the web starting Dec. 31. Five centuries are represented, everything from the fiery Praeludium in G, written in 1690 by Buxtehude, to “No Darkness At All”, written in 2004 by Harvard's Carson Cooman. Ciampa also offers his latest in a series of folksong arrangements, “Wayfairing Stranger.” Born in 1971, Ciampa is one of the most well-thought-of musicians of his generation — an organist, pianist, and composer who is highly regarded in all three areas.
An organ of great historic significance, the MIT Chapel organ was built in 1955 by Walter Holtkamp, the most avant-garde organbuilder of his time. According to Holtkamp biographer John Ferguson, the organ “reveals Holtkamp, as much a radical in his field as Frank Lloyd Wright was in architecture.” According to Leonardo Ciampa, “There are few venues with a more felicitous marriage between acoustics and architecture than the MIT Chapel. It is almost as if the line between the aural and the visual is always just a little blurred.”
To hear the concert, click here.
This year's concert will be archived along with the concert from New Year's Eve 2010 at the Religious Life site.