To hear the acclaimed Chilean organist Samuel Soria, you could drive to Los Angeles and hear him play at the renowned Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Or you could save a lot on gas and catch his performance Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Fresno State Concert Hall as part of the Philip Memorial Keyboard Concerts series. Here’s a rundown:
The musician: Soria is a graduate of Valparaiso University in Chile and Northwestern University in Chicago. In 1993 he was a prizewinner at the J.S. Bach International Organ Competition at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He’s been the organist at the Los Angeles cathedral since 2002. This will be the first time to perform for Keyboard Concerts.
His recordings: He’s made two CDs for Delos International Records, “Premiere Organ Recording” and “Organ Voices.” His new CD, “Samuel Soria: Cathedral Organist,” has just been released by Omni Recordings.
The series: Keyboard Concerts usually features famed pianists throughout the season, but once a year it hosts an organist to perform on the concert hall’s beautiful Elizabeth Lyles pipe organ. The concert is co-sponsored by the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
The program: It will include works by J.S. Bach, Soria, and Vierne.