Cameron Carpenter the Amazing

by Crocker on April 20, 2011, 9:35 am

in Culture

Last Saturday night, my wife and I attended an extraordinary performance by virtuoso organist Cameron Carpenter at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland. He performed on the Kotchzmar Organ, which is the crown jewel of the refurbished auditorium. On Sunday, he celebrated his 30th birthday and the house enthusiastically sang him “Happy Birthday” after his performance.

While I’ve liked classical organ music – my parents had many recordings of E. Power Biggs – I had no appreciation for what a versatile and supple tool an organ is when played by a master. Carpenter is just that – a master. Here’s a CBS Sunday Morning piece about him. Bravo!

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