Shout for Joy: a pre-concert discussion

As we prepare for this weekend’s performance of Shout for Joy, featuring the stunning and celebratory music of Duruflé, Ešenvalds, and Hailstork, we are thrilled to share this talk between artistic director Ryan Brandau and collaborative keyboardist Eric Plutz.

Their conversation about Duruflé is both insightful and informative. As they discuss his place in the repertoire, his musical influences, and the unique gift his music is to organists (and music lovers!) everywhere, you will come to understand exactly why PPM is so excited to perform his Requiem.

Eric Plutz also provides an informal “tour” and demonstration of the organ at the Princeton University Chapel, previewing some of the most beautiful passages of Duruflé’s Requiem, and showing off some of the boisterous and powerful sonorities on display in Esenvalds’s Trinity Te Deum and Hailstork’s Shout for Joy.

[Disclaimer: The microphone used to produce this video was insufficient to capture the glorious sound of the organ. For a better example, this video of Eric playing the music of Vierne, Duruflé’s teacher, is spectacular. The best way to appreciate this outstanding instrument, however, is to come hear it in person!]

Please enjoy! For more information and tickets, click here.

(If you have trouble with the embedded video, click this link to watch it on YouTube.)