Wed., May 6, 2020
Organ Recital: Isabelle Demers
Concert organist Isabelle Demers started “Demers Fever” with her performance at the 2010 International Congress of Organ Builders – a fever that remains unabated to this day. Her recital program on May 6 will feature French composers, with J.S. Bach’s Komm, Heiliger Geist, BWV 651, Maurice Duruflé’s ethereal Veni Creator, Op. 4, and Louis Vierne’s monumental Sixth Symphony for Organ.
With playing described as having “bracing virtuosity” (Chicago Classical Review) and being “fearless and extraordinary” (Amarillo-Globe News), organist Isabelle Demers has enraptured critics, presenters, and audience members around the globe for her entrancing performances. Her 2010 recital for the joint International Society of Organbuilders-American Institute of Organbuilders convention so enchanted the audience that she “left the entire congress in an atmosphere of ‘Demers fever.’” That same year, her performance at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists was received with great acclaim not only by critics, who deemed it “one of the most outstanding events of the convention” (The American Organist), but also by the standing-room-only audience, which called her back to the stage five times.
She has appeared in recital in Europe, Oman, Australia, New Zealand, and coast to coast in the United States and her home country of Canada. 2018-2019 season highlights include performances at the Maison Symphonique (Montreal, Québec), the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg, Germany), City Hall (Stockholm, Sweden), the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing, China), and Westminster Abbey (London, UK).
Dr. Demers is in continual demand by her fellow colleagues as witnessed by performances for numerous regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Institute of Organ Builders and International Society of Organbuilders, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the Organ Historical Society.
Her first recording on the Acis label, The Old and the New, was met with critical acclaim. Fanfare Magazine called it “superbly produced,” a “clear, tightly focused recording,” and a “brilliantly played program.” Since this first recording, she has compiled a lengthy discography.
A native of Québec and a doctoral graduate of the Juilliard School, Dr. Demers is Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas.
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General concert and ticket information
Doors open at 6:30pm.
Late seating is at the discretion of the House Management. Latecomers may be asked to remain in the back of the church until there is a break in the program, so as not to disturb the performance or other audience members.
Will call is available when the doors open at 6:30pm.
Children seated on an adult’s lap do not need a ticket. Children seated in a chair or pew do need a ticket.
We no longer offer tickets for sale or any ticket pickup at the Parish House Reception desk.
Audio and/or video recording and flash photography are not permitted during performances.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All artists and programs are subject to change.
The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is wheelchair/walker accessible via the ramp entrance on 84th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues).
An accessible restroom is located just inside the Parish House on the ground floor. The Parish House is located closer to 83rd Street on Park Avenue. PLEASE NOTE the Parish House accessible restroom is not in the same building as the main church where the concert is located.
For reserved seating concerts, there is available seating for wheelchairs and companions. Please look for the Wheelchair and Wheelchair Companion tickets when purchasing. For general seating concerts, follow the directions of the ushers. Please call ahead (212-288-2520) to discuss any special seating requirements.
Street parking can be difficult to find, but there are a number of parking garages nearby. There are garages on 83rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues) and 84th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), as well as near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
There are a number of fine and casual eating establishments located nearby on Madison Avenue (one block west of the church), Lexington Avenue (one block east of the church), Third Avenue (two blocks east of the church) and Second Avenue (three blocks east of the church).
The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is easily reached via the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines (86th Street station), or buses on Madison, Lexington and Fifth Avenues, and on 86th Street. View a map with interactive driving and transit directions.