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“The Brick Church” Music Series 2015 – 2016 Programming

October 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Michael Dierks, organ

Michael Dierks studied Church Music at the Music Conservatories in Stuttgart and Detmold, Germany. While engaged in his first professional appointment in Frankfurt, he furthered his studies with Professor Hans-Ola Ericsson in Bremen. In April, 2001 he accepted the position as Organist and Choirmaster of the German St. Gertrud’s Church in Stockholm, Sweden. There he conducts St. Gertrud’s Kantorei, the Chamber Choir, and plays the famous carillon in the tower of the German Church. From 2007 to 2009, he studied at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and finished a dissertation in 2011 about 17th century organ music in connection to the rich musical life at the German Church during the time of Swedish supremacy. His concert program will consist of works by Johann Krebs, 17th century music by the Düben-Family,
J. S. Bach’s “Art of the Fugue,” Nicolaus Bruhns, and Franz Danksagmüller.


November 15, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Tanya Anisimova, cello
Pi-Hsun Shih, piano


Described by The Washington Post as a “thoughtful and powerful” artist “graced with spiritual authority” and “easy mastery of her instrument”, whose original music is “melodious, mystical, and deeply emotional”, Russian-born American cellist, composer, improviser, singer, and arranger has been maintaining her multifaceted career for over twenty years. Extensively educated in her field, Ms. Anisimova holds graduate degrees from Moscow Conservatory, Boston University, and Yale.

ShihPPi-Hsun Shih enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and teacher. The Taiwanese-American musician has been a featured soloist with the Sao Paulo State Symphony, The Hartt Symphony, and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Shih has been a participant in a number of diverse chamber ensembles: clarinet-piano ensemble Duo Asiatica, New World Piano Trio, and with sister Yu-Chen Shih as Duo Asiana. Her musical style is characterized by the Hartford Courant as full of “agile ease and brilliant flashes of panache.” Repertoire will include compositions by Beethoven, Schubert, Locatelli, and Anisimova.


February 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Thomas Pousont, organ

Thomas Pousont’s interest in the organ music of central Germany and in mechanical action organs is a perfect match for the church’s Thuringian-styled instrument by Richards, Fowkes and Company. These same interests led him to McGill University in Montreal, a leading center for research in organ performance. He has been the College Organist at the Presbyterian College in addition to teaching music theory and musicianship at the Schulich School of Music at McGill. Dr. Pousont performs regularly in the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe. His sensitivity to all styles of keyboard music makes him a much sought-after accompanist and teacher. Presently, he is organist and Director of Music at The First Church of Deerfield.


March 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Jooyoung Kim, piano

Pianist Jooyoung Kim, a native of South Korea, has been critically acclaimed on international stages for her dazzling technique, superb musicianship, and exquisite artistry. Since making her debut at the age of twelve as a soloist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, she has presented numerous solo and chamber recitals in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Jooyoung Kim has won top prizes in numerous national and international competitions and was invited to perform at prestigious venues as a prizewinner of many international competitions. Currently, Dr. Jooyoung Kim serves as Adjunct Piano Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. Ms. Kim will be playing works of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt.