Presented by the Berkshire Bach Society, Bard Assistant Professor of Music Renée Anne Louprette will give an organ recital at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House on Saturday, March 5. Photo courtesy of the artist
A historically significant pipe organ resides in the village of Housatonic. the tool, made in 1893 by Wm. Johnson & Son of Westfield, Massachusetts, is housed in the historic Housatonic Congregational Church, better known today as the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House. And if you would like to hear this particular king of instruments in all its glory, you can do so at 2 p.m. on Saturday March 5when Bard assistant professor of music Renee Anne Louprette“one of New York’s finest organists” (New York Times), gives recital, with Distinguished Professor of Music History george stauffer from Rutgers University, who will lecture on the life and times of Bach. The program is presented by the Berkshire Bach Society.
Renée Louprette holds a Higher Diploma in organ interpretation from the Center for Higher Studies in Music and Dance in Toulouse. Since 2019, she has been an assistant professor of music at Bard, where she directs the Bard Baroque Ensemble and is a college organist. She has taught at the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Hartford and Montclair State University. During his two-decade career as a choirmaster, Louprette conducted music at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, Trinity Wall Street, All Souls Unitarian Church, Notre-Dame and various other professional choirs in greater New York. City area. But New York is only his home base. She has performed throughout the UK and Ireland, including Westminster Abbey, and in 2018 made her solo debut at the Royal Festival Hall in London and Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. She has made appearances at European festivals in Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark and France and performed Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia. Louprette’s own commissions include works by George Baker and David Briggs.
In 2014, The New York Times named Louprette’s recording of J.S. Bach’s “Great Eighteen Chorales” a Classical Music Critics’ Pick. Upcoming recordings include Bach’s Clavier-Übung III on the Acis label, recorded on the Craighead-Saunders organ in Christ Church, Rochester, New York.
Louprette’s playing has won her critical acclaim in New York and abroad, but she also has excellent local credentials. In 2020, The Berkshire Eagle wrote: “Lourette’s touch was sure, his choice of colors of tone imaginative, giving each piece a distinctive flavor… A wild cadence that came out of nowhere showed Louprette in a virtuosic light.
Crazy pace? It sounds like a lot of fun, and taking notes in the middle of a performance is definitely part of the Baroque tradition. We hope to hear from her on March 5, as this is how she demonstrates the improvisational skills she learned from famed Notre-Dame organist Philippe Lefebvre.