Evensong will be offered by the Schola Cantorum followed by an organ recital offered by Ronald McKean, Director of Music at St. Joseph Catholic church and Mission San Jose in Fremont California where he oversees Rosales opus 14 Spanish/Mexican organ in the 17th century style. Formerly he was Director and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Oakland, where he gave weekly organ and harpsichord concerts on Wednesdays. His concerts featured the organ repertoire, pieces for solo instrument and organ, electronic instruments and organ, and improvisations in styles ranging from early music In 1993 He dedicated the installation of a 60-stop tracker-action organ, Opus 16 of Rosales Organ Builders Inc. at First Presbyterian Church in Oakland. he has competed nationally and internationally winning first prizes at the San Anselmo Festival; second prizes at the Haarlem Festival, Holland and Boston A.G.O. convention in U.S.A; He has tutored under Laurette Goldberg (harpsichord), Harold Vogel, Kenneth Mansfield, Anthony Newman(Composition and Organ) and Robert Bassert (composition). He has received an M.M. and Performers Certificate in early music at Indiana University under Thomas Binkley. Mr. McKean has given improvisation workshops and concerts including such places as Stanford University, Indiana University, Witchita University, MusicSources (for the Historically Informed), Pipe Organ Encounters for Young People (San Diego, CA) and for American Guild of Organists. He has been Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at California State University, Hayward, and Music Director for the Junior Bach festival in 2003. Among his CD recordings are Mussorgskys: Pictures at an exhibition and McKean: Three Etudes for Organ 1998 (Rosales Organ in Oakland). Frescobaldi on Fisk (Stanford university, and Sounds of Eternity Vol 1 and II for percussion and electronics and Improvisations in historical styles on a newly commissioned harpsichord by Kevin Fryer. His Compositions include Sacred Harp Suite for violin and harpsichord, Church Sonatas for Brass and Organ, Layers and Lines for String Quartet, Electronic ensemble, Songs of Life for Piano and Voice, Cold Mountain Poems for Chorus and Dewdrop and Scintillation for Orchestra . In 2003 The Berkeley Symphony performed his MoonPhase for orchestra in their program Under Construction for Composers. In March 2008 Mr. McKean won first prize in the Alienor Harpsichord composition award for his composition Sacred Harp Dyads (violin and harpsichord)
His program will include:
Bach: Toccata in F Major S. 540, Pastorale (Allegro) S. 590, Fugue in F Major S. 540
Sweelinck: Mein Junges Leben Hat Ein End, and
Frescobaldi: Fiori Musicali, Messa della Madona, Toccata avanti la Messa, Kyrie (2) Christe (2) Kyrie (2), Canzona dopo l’epistola, Toccata and Ricercar (Recercar Chromaticho post il Credo), Toccata (Toccata cromaticha per le Levatione)
A reception follows the program.
Donations are welcome at the door, but you are also invited to help support the series at one of the following levels of support: $1-74 Supporter / $75-124 Friend / $125-249 Sponsor / $250-499 Patron / $500 – $999 Sustainer / $1000+ Benefactor. Please make your check payable to St. Mark’s Choir Association, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Contributions are tax-deductible.
Fred Jodry who currently serves as Director of Music at First Unitarian and Brown University, Providence, RI will be our recitalist on January 14.