Gwendolyn Toth will kick off Opening Recital in the 43d season of Beckerath organ recitals at St. Stephen’s Church, Millburn
Friday, September 28, 2012 • 2:48pm
Gwendolyn Toth, recognized as one of America’s leading performers on early keyboard instruments, will play the opening recital in the 43d season of Beckerath organ recitals at St. Stephen’s Church, 119 Main Street, Millburn, on Sunday afternoon, October 21, at 4 p.m.
Acclaimed for the spirit and intelligence of her interpretations, Ms. Toth's technique is founded on historical performance principles of fingering, articulation, and phrasing. Her program on St. Stephen’s 1970 Beckerath tracker organ will feature works by Baroque masters, including Bach, Bohm, Pachelbel, Scheideman, and Gabrieli, along with a selection of Renaissance chanson intabulations and dances.
A prizewinner in the Magnum Opus Harpsichord competition as well as in American Guild of Organist competitions, Gwendolyn Toth has been heard in concert and at festivals throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, and on radio networks in Europe as well as on America’s National Public Radio. As a soloist on historic organs, she has performed on European organs dating from the 15th to the 18th century, and recorded several early organ CD’s, in addition to a recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on her lautenwerk, a reconstruction by Willard Martin of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, of Bach’s own gut-strung harpsichord.
Ms. Toth, who has been honored by OPERA NEWS as an “Outstanding Young Conductor,” is also director and founder of New York City’s virtuoso period instrument ensemble, ARTEK, which made its Lincoln Center debut in 2010 and has toured America and Europe with the Mark Morris Dance Group performing madrigals of Monteverdi. ARTEK’s CD releases also include Monteverdi’s Madrigals Book 5 and the first North American recording of Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo.
Ms. Toth holds the D.M.A. in Organ performance from Yale University. She has taught previously at Yale University, Mount Holyoke College, Barnard College, Rutgers University, and Hunter College of CUNY. Currently, in addition to being the artistic director of ARTEK, she is Orchestra Director at Manhattan College and teaches harpsichord at Montclair State University.
Admission to the recital is by donation at the door ($10 suggested). Children accompanied by an adult are cordially invited to come as guests. A reception for the artist follows the recital. For further information the church can be reached at (973)376-0688, or consult www.ststephensmillburn.org