Organist Gail Archer Announces Tour
Internationally renowned concert organist and recording artist Gail Archer undertakes an ambitious nationwide tour performing at some of the country's finest churches and synagogues. Starting and ending in her home state of New York, the 28-city tour will feature music off of her latest albums as well as some new works by female composers.
Archer is known for enthralling audiences with her musicality and sensitivity and for giving her interpretations a visceral quality. Hailed for maximizing the organ's colors and capabilities, she touches the baroque then leaps to the late romantic and modern eras seamlessly. Her recital works include organ music by 20th and 21st century composers ranging from early Dutch literature to Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Messiaen, and American music. "My aim is to lift hearts and minds, and to inspire audiences with the color and power of the organ and five centuries of great organ music," says Archer. As an advocate for female organists and composers, she also always programs works by women such as Joan Tower and Alla Borzova.
Besides traveling around the world to perform concerts, Archer is college organist at Vassar College and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She also serves as the director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at the historic Central Synagogue, New York City.
About Gail Archer
Gail Archer is a GRAMMY-nominated, international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer. In spring 2010, she celebrated the 325th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach with six concerts around New York City, concluding with the Art of Fugue at Central Synagogue. Lucid Culture proclaimed, "Like the composers she chooses, Archer's playing spans the range of human emotions-with Bach, there's always plenty to communicate, but this time out it was mostly an irresistibly celebratory vibe." In 2009, her spring series, Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century was inspired by Mendelssohn's extraordinary versatility as composer, conductor, performer and scholar and included the organ music of his sister, Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann. The series was recorded live and is available on-line at Meyer-Media. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer's birth in 2008. Time-Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as "Best of 2008" in Classical music and opera.