Organ recitals at Rockefeller and Bond

During the academic year, from late September to early June, recitals by University artists, students, and guests can be found at both Rockefeller and Bond Chapels. Both organs are also played daily in practice and in performance, for all manner of academic and ceremonial events.

Tea & Pipes
Tuesdays at 4 pm, October 1-November 26
Rockefeller Chapel

Come and hear University organist Thomas Weisflog, distinguished guests, and students from the Rockefeller organ studio play a mixture of Baroque, Romantic, and contemporary music on the E.M. Skinner organ. Enjoy the experience of sitting in Rockefeller Chapel and being swept into the vast emotional capacities of the organ’s ranks of pipes: trumpets, gentle voices, sounds matching harp and flute and chimes. Tea served from 3:45 pm, the music begins at 4 pm. Free and open to all.

Sarah Davachi
Saturday October 5, 8 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

Los Angeles-based composer Sarah Davachi premieres a new work for pipe organ and two French horns in the soaring interior of Rockefeller Chapel. Titled la brume jaune, the composition explores alternating experiences of gradual movement and stasis, driven by subtle yet impactful gestures within intimate musical relationships of harmony, melody, and timbre. The interplay between the organ (Davachi) and the two horns (Liz Deitemyer and Matthew Oliphant) provides a further layer of acoustic counterpoint, reflecting Davachi's more recent explorations in writing for unconventional chamber ensembles. Free. RSVP through Eventbrite.

Presented by Lampo and the Renaissance Society.

No Land Beyond: a vocal-organ recital   
Special Tea & Pipes for the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Tuesday October 22, 4 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

In a special Chicago Architecture Biennial-themed entry in Rockefeller Chapel's weekly Tea & Pipes series, University organist Thomas Weisflog collaborates with vocalists of The Oriana Singers and The Rookery to perform resonant music. Music includes Koyaanisqatsi, by Philip Glass, van Dijk's Horizons, Vienna Teng's Hymn of Axciom, Ted Hearne's Because, and more. Free.

Supported by the Chicago Architecture Biennial Fund.

Silent film: The Cat and the Canary
Saturday October 26, 7:30 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

The Cat and the Canary is a 1927 American silent horror film adaptation of John Willard's 1922 black comedy play of the same name. Directed by German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni.

The relatives of Cyrus West gather at his estate on the 20th anniversary of his death to hear the reading of his will. Annabelle West (Laura La Plante) is named the heir to Cyrus' fortune, under the condition that she is declared sane by a doctor (Lucien Littlefield). Later in the evening, the family is informed that a dangerously insane man known as "the Cat" is on the loose in the area and hides in the mansion. When Cyrus' lawyer (Tully Marshall) is found dead, Annabelle fears she is the next target.

Organist Jay Warren brings all the color, excitement, and glamour of the silent film era back to life with his original score on the E.M. Skinner organ!

Tickets $10 general admission/students with college ID $1 at the door. Runtime 80 mins without intermission.

Pipes for the Season
Sunday December 15, 5 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

University organist Thomas Weisflog performs an hour of gorgeous seasonal music by candlelight, with delicious hot cider served. Free.