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Hector Olivera to Perform Benefit Concert at Crystal Cathedral

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Saturday, May 18, 8:00 pm
Crystal Cathedral, 12141 Garden Grove, CA 92840 

The exciting process of transforming the world-renowned Crystal Cathedral to become the future Christ Cathedral begins this Fall.  The renovation program includes the restoration and rebuilding of the Cathedral’s historic organ, the world’s 4th-largest church organ.

Before this masterpiece is dismantled and shipped to its original builders, Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy, you’re invited to attend a special benefit concert featuring internationally acclaimed organist Maestro Hector Olivera.

The performance is open to the public and admission is free.

Application Period Opens for 2013 Organ Performance Competition

Rodgers Instruments Corporation is accepting applications for the 2013 North American Classical Organ Competition.

Greg Zelek, 2012 Rodgers Organ Competition Winner, is featured in a recital on Sunday May 5, 6pm, 2013 at Church of our Saviour, San Gabriel, CA

Two levels of the competition are offered: Level 1 is for organists aged 18 and younger; Level 2 is for organists aged 19 to 35.

The final competition will be held Friday, October 4, 2013. On that evening, three semi-finalists from each level will compete in a public performance in the Rodgers auditorium in Hillsboro, Oregon. The event is open to the public without charge, but seating is limited and reservations will be required.

Cash prizes will be awarded in each division. Prizes for Level 2 will be $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third. Prizes for Level 1 will be $1,000 for first, $500 for second and $250 for third.

Applications may be submitted online beginning today. To be considered by the competition jury, applicants must also send a live performance recorded on CD, cassette tape or electronic file such as .WAV or .MP3. Recordings must be received by Rodgers no later than August 9, 2013. The jury will not consider recordings received after that date even if they are postmarked by the deadline.

Two of the submitted pieces are mandatory and the third is to be a selection of the performer’s choice.

Level 1 Required Repertoire:

J.S. Bach:  “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” BWV 645
Johannes Brahms: Chorale No. 10, “Herzlich thut mich verlangen” from Eleven Chorale Preludes
Performer’s choice, not longer than 5 minutes

Level 2 Required Repertoire:

J.S. Bach:  “In dir ist Freude” BWV 615
Charles-Marie Widor: Third movement from Symphony No. 4, Op. 13
Performer’s choice, not longer than 8 minutes

At the final competition, each Level 1 semi-finalist will perform a 10-minute program of their choice, and each Level 2 semi-finalist will play a 20-minute program of their choice.

The cutoff for each age level is the day of the competition. Applicants must affirm that they reside in the United States, Canada or Mexico.

Rodgers established the organ performance competition in 2011 for the purpose of encouraging the development of young organists in North America. There is no application fee or obligation involved.


Greg Zelek to Perform at Church of Our Saviour, May 5

Organist Greg Zelek, 2012 Rodgers Organ Competition Winner,  presents a varied program including works by Bach, Elgar, Debussy and Schumann on the 4-manual Rodgers/Austin pipe+digital combination organ at the beautiful Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, CA.  Come at 4:30 for Evensong.  There is a reception following Evensong, prior to the start of the organ concert.

Greg Zelek

Address: 535 West Roses Road – San Gabriel, CA

Mr. Zelek’s performance is jointly sponsored by The Church of Our Saviour and Rodgers Instruments, Inc.

Gregory Castilla Zelek is a third-year undergraduate organ student of Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School. Greg was the First Prize winner in both the 2012 Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition and the 2012 West Chester University Organ Competition. He was also selected as a 2010 NFAA YoungArts Silver Medal Winner, won First Prize, as well as the “Bach Prize,” at the East Carolina University Organ Competition, and was a prizewinner in the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival.

Four-manual Rodgers/Austin pipe+digital combination organ at The Church of our Saviour, San Gabriel, CA.

Greg is the Music Intern at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, New York, under the direction of John King.  Greg, who is Cuban-American and a native Spanish speaker, was the music director of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Miami, and has served as the summer organist for San Pedro Apostol Church in Ramales de la Victoria, Spain.  He has recently performed works for organ and orchestra with the Miami Symphony Orchestra in Miami, and the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Of all the colorful windows in the Church of Our Saviour, perhaps the most outstanding is the General George S. Patton Memorial window. It was presented to the Church by his children and their families. The window was dedicated on October 13, 1946.

Roland Corporation Announces New President

The Roland Corporation, parent company of Rodgers Instruments, has announced the appointment of Jun-ichi Miki as the firm’s new president, effective April 1, 2013.

Mr. Jun-ichi Miki

Mr. Miki joined Roland in 1977, beginning his career in the production department of the tape echo and rhythm machine facility in Osaka. During his tenure as a Roland engineer, he was deeply involved in developing products such as the HP-2700 and FP-8 digital pianos, JV and XP series synthesisers, SRX series expansion boards, C-30 digital harpsichord and most recently, the VR-09 V-Combo.

In 1994, Mr. Miki joined Roland’s board of directors and since then has led many technical and product-development teams including those responsible for overseas production facilities.  Mr. Miki was instrumental in the development of the core technology that  powers the Rodgers Infinity and 500 Series organ models.

“The Roland group of international sales and manufacturing companies is firmly tied to a fundamental philosophy. The entire Roland family strives to listen to the voices from the market and to inspire the enjoyment of creativity through the development of exciting new products and applications. Our goal is to be evermore valuable and inspiring to customers, the industry and society while staying true to Roland’s fundamental slogan, ‘We design the future,’” commented Mr. Miki.

Church Keyboard Center congratulates Mr. Miki on his appointment to the leadership of the Roland Corporation.