On July 20, Jonathan will appear for the second year in a row in recital at Fremont Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, CA. He will perform works by Bach, Bruhns, Widor, and Decker, amongst others. He enjoyed the experience last year, and is looking forward immensely to the return trip.
The organ, recently installed by Reuter, is glorious. See the specifics here.
Great news! Jonathan Rudy was competitively selected to advance to Boston on June 23rd. He will compete in the final round of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) along with two of his colleagues. His performance will be heard by a live audience, since the event is a part of the AGO 2014 National Convention in Boston, and will be adjudicated by a panel of judges.
Jonathan will be performing Bruhn's Praeludium in G Major, Bach's chorale prelude "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele" (Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness) - BWV 654, Widor's Andante Moderato from Symphony No. 8, and Pamela Decker's newly commissioned work, "Faneuil Hall."
The organ was recently installed by C. B. Fisk, Inc. in 2012, and is a fine 3-manual, 55-rank instrument. For more information on the organ, click here.
Here's a recent article on the final round.
After advancing to the semi-finals, Jonathan appeared in Columbus, GA, and performed for a panel of judges and a live audience. He was competing against six other fine young organists from around the nation. The repertoire: Frescobaldi's Toccata V from the 2nd Book; Bach's Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543; Saint-Seans' Fantasie in D-flat Major; and Eben's first Biblical Dance (the Dance of David before the Ark of the Covenant).
Above: Jonathan enjoyed performing on Letourneau op. 60 while in the competition. The organ was a gift from the Jordan Foundation, and is located in Legacy Hall - The River Center for the Performing Arts, Columbus, GA.
On May 18, Jonathan played a recital on the 1950's Aeolian Skinner organ, Op. 1210, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia, IL. This was the congregation that Jonathan grew up in, and where he studied organ through high school (with Karl Bruhn). The concert was extremely well attended by friends, family, and community members, and the hymn singing was especially glorious. Many thanks to the church, staff, and especially Dean Christian and associates, for the recent renovations and improvements to the instrument.