Organ Recital

Organ Recital: Jillian Gardner

Sunday, November 17, 2019 | 5:15pm

Guest organist Jillian Gardner from First United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama plays a recital on the Cathedral’s 10,650–pipe great organ. $10 suggested donation.





Prelude in E-flat, BWV 552                     

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Solemn Prelude, from For the Fallen, Op. 80 No. 3   

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Organ Sonata in C minor                         

Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)

iii. Scherzetto

The Planets, Op. 32                                                     

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

i. Mars

Pièces de Fantaisie, Suite No. 2, Op. 53                    

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

v. Clair de Lune

Organ Symphony No. 6, Op. 42 No. 2           

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

i. Allegro

About Jillian Gardner

Jillian Gardner is an award-winning performing organist with an international touring schedule that spans the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. She is also the National Convener for the American Guild of Organists Young Organists as well as the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, where she serves as primary organist and oversees more than 10 ensembles for adults and children.

A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and Baylor University, Gardner is a first-prize winner of the chapter level competition of the Regional Competition for Young Organists and in 2017, she took second prize in the Québec organ competition in Québec, Canada. In recognition of her achievements, The Diapason magazine selected Gardner as one of the inaugural “Top 20 under 30” organists in the nation.

Gardner has performed concerts in venues including Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco and St. Thomas 5th Avenue, New York City. As well as in the United Kingdom at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, St. Paul Cathedral in London and St. Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol, and has been honored as featured artist for the Organ Historical Society Conventions in Syracuse, New York (2014) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (2017).

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  • Admission
    • Free
    • $10 suggested donation
  • Dates Offered
    • November 17, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm