Concerts at St John’s Presents
Buster Keaton’s The General
Sunday, 21 January, 6pm
In the Parish Hall
Organist Benjamin Kolodziej will accompany Buster Keaton’s classic Civil War comedy, The General, in an authentic manner as would have been heard in picture palaces in the 1920s before the advent of the talkie, utilizing the “electronic Wurlitzer” courtesy of the North Texas Theatre Organ Society. Now considered one of the greatest silent films of all time, Keaton directed, produced, and acted in this humorous take on an actual historic event. This concert is free and suitable for all ages.
Benjamin Kolodziej, Organist
Sunday, 15 October, 2017, 3pm
Benjamin Kolodziej holds degrees in organ performance, sacred music, and theology, having studied organ with Richard DeLong, Robert Anderson, Larry Palmer, George Baker, and Jon Gillock. He has performed throughout the UK, Germany, Austria, Norway, Italy, and throughout the USA, including St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Thomas Church, both in New York City, Washington National Cathedral, St Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta, and San Francisco’s St Mary’s Cathedral, among others. In addition to serving as Organist and Choirmaster at St John’s, he continues as Organist at Perkins Chapel, SMU.
His organ music is published by Concordia Publishing House and GIA, and he will have a new volume of five chorale preludes based on William Bradbury’s Sunday School tunes published by Augsburg Fortress next year. He has written articles for The American Organist, The Diapason, Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Methodist History, Theatre Organ, the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, and is a contributor to the new LCMS hymnal companion. He is currently writing a book for Organ Historical Society Press dedicated to Organs and Organists at Southern Methodist University: 1915-2015.
As a hobby, he accompanies silent movies, specializing in Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, and collects antiquarian liturgical books dating back to the Renaissance era. He is past dean and subdean of the Dallas Chapter–American Guild of Organists.
“Processional for Organ” on Lobe den Herrn Martin Shaw
Hymn: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” 390
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547 JS Bach
Toccata on “Ein Feste Burg” Wilhelm Middelschulte
Six Canonic Studies, Opus 56 Robert Schumann
No. 1 in C Major
No. 2 in A minor
No. 4 in Ab Major
“Våren” (“Last Spring”), from Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34/2
Arr. Benjamin Kolodziej
“Choral Varié sur le theme du “Veni Creator:” Maurice Duruflé
Poco meno lento
Hymn: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Improvisation on NETTLETON Benjamin Kolodziej
Festival Service of Lessons and Carols: This traditional service of scripture and music recounts the Advent and Christmas narratives. Featuring the St John’s Cantate Deo choir and musicians.
Sunday, 10 December, 5pm