Luther’s Musical Tapestry: Weaving a New Tradition

Sunday, October 15, 2017
4:00 PM
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St (at Jackson)
San Francisco

Luther’s Musical Tapestry: Weaving a New Tradition

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We are also offering free tickes to anyone who has been affected by the fire.
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John Walko, organ
Steven Bailey, piano

500 years ago, a monk named Martin Luther changed the course of music history, through the simple act of singing. Join us as we trace the surprising musical threads he gathered from the sacred and secular worlds to weave the fabric of a revolution that reverberated for centuries. Music of Praetorius, J.S. Bach, Brahms, and others.

Enjoy this rare opportunity to hear Calvary’s magnificent and historic organ. With over 6,200 pipes in 110 ranks, it is the largest church organ in Northern California and among the top 10 largest church organs in the West. Join us for a pre-concert talk and demonstration at 3:15 pm by Calvary organist, John Walko.

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John Walko, organ
John Walko studied Theory and Composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and Huntingdon College; he studied piano with Annette Freeze, Andrius Kuprevicius, Tatyana Tsukanova, Liliane Quéstel, and Lili Kraus; and he studied organ and harpsichord with Dr. Harald Rohlig, Gene Jarvis, and John Balka.

John performed on location with the symphony orchestras of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Havana, Cuba for the five-hour silent film Napoleon, to audiences of 30,000 people. He worked with composer Carmine Coppola and director Francis Ford Coppola in the preparation of film scores, and accompanied the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in the Oscar-nominated film Godfather III.

John is Organist at Calvary Church and at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor; he accompanies the San Francisco City Chorus, Diablo Choral Artists, and Bella Musica. He has performed with Masterworks Chorale, Cantare Con Vivo, Baroque Choral Guild, San Francisco Boys Chorus, OAKE National Children's Choir, and WomenSing, among others. John has performed many solo recitals in the US, Paris, Prague, and on the famed Riga Dom organ in Latvia. John leads organist tours throughout France, and was an adjudicator for the Bank District English/American Organ Festival Playing Competition in London.


Steven Bailey, Piano

Pianist Steven Bailey regularly performs in and outside the San Francisco Bay Area as a soloist, chamber, and collaborative keyboardist. He is a full-time staff member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he has taught since 1993.

Mr. Bailey has appeared as concerto soloist with Symphony Parnassus, Diablo Symphony, UC-Davis Symphony, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, and Magnificat Baroque Orchestra. He regularly performs with American Bach Soloists as guest soloist and continuo organist. He has collaborated in chamber performances with members of the Alexander, Arlekin, and Sausalito quartets. Steven has accompanied and performed with the San Francisco Bach Choir since 1992.

As a founding member of the vocal chamber music repertory group CMASH, Mr. Bailey often performs and premieres works by such noted composers as Jake Heggie, Vartan Aghababian, and Liam Wade. He is featured on CMASH founder (and SFCM alum) soprano Ann Moss’s debut CD “Currents” and her most recent CD “Love Life,” both recorded at Skywalker Sound and produced by Leslie Ann Jones.

Mr. Bailey holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.M. in Piano Performance from Boston University, where he was a student of Anthony di Bonaventura.