An evening of music in Herrick Chapel
This concert features guest artist Adán Fernández performing on the Herrick Chapel's pipe organ. Dr. Fernández program will include Dieterich Buxtehude's Te Deum (BuxWV 218), J.S. Bach's Great Fantasia and Fugue in G minor (BWV 542), and the Bach/Vivaldi Concerto in D Minor (BWV 596).
This concert is sponsored by the Music Department with support of the Benjamin H. Culley Fund. It is connected with the curriculum of Music 261: Western Music and Culture, 1580-1829, as well as being an approved CORE 99 event.
Free and open to the public. Face masks must be worn inside at all times.
About the Performer
Dr. Adán Fernández is the director of music and organist at Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale. He is also an adjunct professor and university organist at California Lutheran University. His articles on worship and music education have been published in Reformed Worship, ChorTeach, and Sacred Music. He serves on the boards of the Kodály Association of Southern California and the Los Angeles chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Fernández studied piano at Azusa Pacific University and organ at the Claremont Graduate University. He received his doctorate in Sacred music and Conducting from the University of Southern California.
About the Instrument
The Crew Memorial Organ was built by the Schlicker Organ Company of Buffalo, New York, and installed in Herrick Chapel in 1966. The instrument is dedicated to the memory of Mildred Miles Crew (1924-1964), Class of ‘45. Clarence Mader, then Occidental’s College Organist, was responsible for the organ’s tonal design, in collaboration with Herman Schlicker. Mader envisioned an instrument that would be flexible and effective when playing a wide variety of repertoire, and while the organ reflects many of the neo-Baroque tonal ideals popular at the time, it offers two swell divisions, rich strings, and a variety of colorful reeds. The organ has three manuals (keyboards) and over 3200 pipes, divided amongst 5 divisions and 59 ranks. To mark its 50th anniversary in 2016, the organ underwent a sensitive restoration by Rosales Organ Builders.
The main entrance to Herrick Memorial Chapel and Interfaith Center is accessed from the academic quadrangle at the center of Occidental College's campus. The most convenient parking lot is located near the intersection of Alumni Avenue and Campus Road.