The Rhapsodic Organ

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DR GERRIT JORDAAN

Dr Gerrit Jordaan will be seen in The Rhapsodic Organ this coming Monday at the Odeion.
He studied historical performance practice of standard repertoire in numerous masterclasses at UNISA Organ Simposia, Haarlem Summer Academia and in Pistoia from organists including Luigi Tagliavini, Harald Vogel, Ludger Lohmann, Bernard Lagacé, Wolfgang Zerer, Olivier Latry, Marie Claire Alain and Szigmund Zsathmary.
Jordaan studied organ under the guidance of Stephan Zondagh, Wim Viljoen and Daleen Kruger. In 2007 he completed a DMus with a dissertation on Stefans Grové’s Afrika Hymnus II. This hymnus was dedicated to Gerrit, as it was conceived in a dream wherein the composer heard him playing this work.
Since his student days, Jordaan has been involved with South African organ music, commissioning and performing new works of which some had been dedicated to him, writing articles on this repertoire, working towards performances with the insight of the composers, recording this repertoire, typesetting and adapting instrumental works to the organ.
As an enthusiast of South African music, he presented recitals in Europe as well as Finland and Canada. In 2016 he was invited to play the final recital at the Klangzeit Festival for contemporary music in Münster. Some of his articles were published internationally in Het Orgel, Organ – Journal für die Orgel, Orgue Nouvelles as well as in local academic publicationsHe wrote reports on the Stylus Phantasticus in the Praeludia of Buxtehude and on the Choral Preludes of Brahms. He studied historical performance practice of standard repertoire in numerous masterclasses at UNISA Organ Simposia, Haarlem Summer Academia and in Pistoia from organists including Luigi Tagliavini, Harald Vogel, Ludger Lohmann, Bernard Lagacé, Wolfgang Zerer, Olivier Latry, Marie Claire Alain and Szigmund Zsathmary.
Until recently, Gerrit was chair of the Church Organist Committee of Southern Africa (SAKOV). He compiled three volumes of original Southern African choral preludes and choir pieces for SAKOV. He is a member of VONKK, a committee that develops new Afrikaans church music creating new songs, providing organ, choir and instrumental arrangements to this growing repertoire.
The Rhapsodic Organ will take place in the Odeion on Monday 7 June starting at 19:30. Tickets are available at Computicket. For any enquiries call Ninette Pretorius at 051-401-2504.

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