Yuba Sutter Arts is proud to announce the second in the new series of community organ concerts in collaboration with Marian Metson and First Lutheran Church in Yuba City. The featured organist will be internationally acclaimed musician, Dr. Ryan Enright.
The concert will be held on Friday, April 20th at 7:30pm at First Lutheran Church, 850 Cooper Avenue in Yuba City. The concert is Free, but donations will be accepted for the upkeep of the organ.
Dr. Ryan Enright is widely recognized for his talent at improvisation and as an accompanist and has performed organ recitals throughout Canada and the United States. A native, of Montreal, Quebec, he holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from McGill University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music. He has won numerous awards in international competitions including first prizes in the Canadian Music Competition (1997), Quebec Organ Competition (2004), and National Organ Playing Competition of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (2007). Dr. Enright relocated to Sacramento in 2011 to become organist of St. John’s Lutheran Church and accompanist for the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, the CSUS University Chorus and the Schola Cantorum of Sacred Heart Church.
Dr. Enright’s program will include music of Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, contemporary composers and an example of his brilliant improvisation. You can see Dr. Enright “in action” in this video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz9qauZaWvY.
Marian Metson, coordinator of the concert series, was the organist at First Lutheran from 1994-2010. During her tenure at the Church, there was a successful concert series that included top organists from around the country. Due to a generous anonymous gift, she has been asked by the church to reinstate the series.
“We were able to collaborate with Chico State where the organ builder had built his first instrument and attract some of the finest organists available,” said Marian. “So now we have an opportunity for our community to once again hear a world class organist playing on a world class instrument right here in Yuba-Sutter,” she added.
The First Lutheran organ was built by Munetaka Yokota, who went on to build organs at universities in Sweden and in Rochester and Ithaca, New York in addition to Chico State. Yokota is revered in esoteric organ circles.