Organ Concert by Jonathan Dimmock
Jonathan Dimmock, Principal Organist
The Legion of Honor’s Skinner Organ is one of the few indoor/outdoor organs ever made. View extraordinary art as you listen to a free concert every Saturday at 4 pm, except when the museum is closed.
Principal Organist Jonathan Dimmock is well-known internationally as a recitalist, accompanist, ensemble musician, non-profit founder, and writer. A graduate of Oberlin and Yale, he has the unique privilege to have been the only American Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey; he has also served three American cathedrals: St. John the Divine (New York), St. Mark’s (Minneapolis), and Grace (San Francisco). Jonathan lives in San Francisco, where, for over twelve years, he was Music Director at St. Ignatius Church (the largest Jesuit church in the United States) and where he is currently Principal Organist at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Organist for the San Francisco Symphony, Director of Music at Congregation Sherith Israel, Organ Instructor at Sonoma State University, Organ Conservator of the Manuel Rosales Opus 16 at First Presbyterian Church (Oakland), and a regular freelance performer. He is one of the few organists in the world to tour on six continents.
Mr. Dimmock has recorded more than fifty CDs and can be heard on the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. In addition to numerous listings on YouTube, as well as all other online music sites, he has been interviewed and featured on numerous radio and television stations including National Public Radio, Radio France, BBC3, ABC (Australia), MTV2 (Budapest), BCC (Barbados), and SABC (South Africa). His teachers and mentors include Olivier Messiaen, Gillian Weir, Simon Preston, Jean Langlais, Peter Hallock, Haskell Thomson, William Porter, Thomas Murray, Ton Koopman, Harald Vogel, J. Franklin Clark, Paul Halley, Naji Hakim, and Frédéric Blanc.
He is co-founder of the highly acclaimed American Bach Soloists, founding director of Artists’ Vocal Ensemble (AVE), and Founder and Executive Director of The Resonance Project – which uses music in international conflict resolution. He is a certified teacher of Meditation in Daily Stress, a practice designed by Michel Pascal and the Dalai Lama, and is deeply committed to healing our world through the beauty of music.
Program 1: The British School
Gallery 8: John Waters: The Assuaging of the Waters (1840)
Gallery 18: Edward Lear: The Rocks at Kasr-es-Saad (1856)
Gallery 18: Frederic Leighton: Coast of Aegina (1867)
Peterson Gallery 13: Sir Thomas Lawrence: Other Archer, Earl of Plymouth (1817)
Peterson Gallery 13: Sir Thomas Lawrence: Mary, Countess of Plymouth (1817)
Peterson Gallery 13: Thomas Gainsborough: Mrs. Maria Anne Fitzherbert (1784)
Overture – Air – Hornpipe
Peterson Gallery 13: Sir William Beechey: Master James Hatch (1796)
Peterson Gallery 13: Thomas Gainsborough: Landscape with Country Carts (1785)
Peterson Gallery 13: general effect
Free after museum admission. No additional ticket required. Seating is limited and first come, first served.
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