Organist and composer Harold Stover, a charter member of the Conservatory faculty, opens the new season of noonday concerts,
The program features his own most recent organ work and music by two giants of the Baroque age, J. S. Bach and Louis Marchand, organist to King Louis XIV at Versailles.
Grand Dialogue – Louis Marchand (1669-1732)
Veni Creator Spiritus – Harold Stover (b. 1946)
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in g minor, BWV 535 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Harold Stover is a native of Latrobe PA, a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, and a charter member of the faculty of the Portland Conservatory of Music.
His recital career spans more than half a century and includes performances on most major New York recital series, at Westminster Abbey in London, the National Cathedral in Washington, Harvard and Princeton universities, and many other distinguished venues. He has been featured as performer, composer, and lecturer at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and has made ten appearances as organist and composer on Pipedreams, the nationally-syndicated radio program of organ music broadcast locally on Maine Public Classical.
His compositions are published by Augsburg-Fortress, ECS, MorningStar, Paraclete, and Universal Edition presses and recorded on the ACA Digital, Albany, and Gloriae Dei Cantores labels.
He served as president of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ from 2003 until 2006 and presently sits on its board of directors. Now retired from full-time church music work after serving churches in New York and Portland, he now serves as Organist and Director of Music of the Episcopal summer chapel of St. Peter’s by-the-Sea in Cape Neddick and director of the Portland-based chorus Renaissance Voices in addition to teaching at the conservatory.