Holbrook Organ Recitals: 2018 season
Join us for the spring 2018 season of Holbrook Organ recitals at Redeemer! On Friday, January 19, Rick Erickson will be our recitalist, coming to Austin from Houston. Join us at 7:30 p.m. for the recital, with complimentary wine at the interval. No tickets are required; donations accepted at the event for our Artes Fund.
Rick Erickson is the Director of Bach Society Houston and Cantor at Christ the King Lutheran Church.
Prior to coming to Houston, Rick served for 22 years as Cantor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York, where he directed the Bach Vespers series. Prior to that, he served as Director of Music at Incarnate Word Church in Rochester, New York. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, from which he also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009, Erickson holds the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance and Literature and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he also served for four years on the faculty of Improvfest. His organ teachers include Lucile Hammill Webb, Russell Saunders, David Craighead in literature, and Gerre Hancock in improvisation.
Rick has appeared as a conductor, church music lecturer, and hymn festival leader throughout the United States, and in Germany, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. He has performed for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, among other music events.
Historic Holbrook Organ
Built by Edwin L. Holbrook (1824-1904) of East Medway, Mass., in 1862, this instrument was first employed by the Universalist Church, Southbridge, Mass. It was later removed by organ aficionado Barbara Owen and rebuilt and enlarged by Charles Fisk and John Brombaugh of C. B. Fisk, Gloucester, Mass., in 1966. At that time it was placed in the rear gallery of Harvard Memorial Church to serve as a temporary instrument between the time of the removal of the Aeolian-Skinner organ and the installation of the new C. B. Fisk Opus 46, the very organ that will eventually serve in Redeemer’s future sanctuary. The Holbrook organ remained in the Harvard location for 45 years. In the summer of 2011 it was moved to Redeemer Presbyterian Church and set up for use in Covenant Hall.