Organist Robert York and Polish artist Jacek Hagel will present a concert featuring a towering 8-foot-by-14-foot painting inspired by composer Messiaen’s organ work “Apparition of the Eternal Church” on Sunday, March 16 at 6pm at Bay Shore Community Church, 5100 The Toledo.
Prior to the premier unveiling, a film created to tell the story of the painting and its synchronization with the organ score will be screened.
Jacek Hagel, a Polish artist with public installations in Los Angeles, private collections throughout Southern California and permanent museum collections in Poland, has a personal perspective to bring to this particular work.
Born with a heart defect, a cardiac event at age 16 brought Jacek to the emergency room, where he was revived from death. According to Jacek, during his near-death experience he heard the harmonies and energy of “Apparition of the Eternal Church,” and he knew he must create a work of art based on this musical vision of the eternal Church, of the souls surrounding the Throne of God throughout eternity.
Thus began a collaboration of art and music created by Hagel and York of concerts and art exhibits in Poland over the past several years, and the creation/commission of a new hymn for the Collegiate Church in Szamatuly, Poland, including a symphonic work by Robert York for orchestra, choir and organ to celebrate the dedication of the church’s new pipe organ in either late 2015 or 2016, depending upon the completion date of the organ.
York will perform works by Bach, Duruflé, Franck, Pachelbel,Van Hulse, Messiaen and others, including the premiere of the new hymn “Szamatul Pani.” York will also improvise a theme and variations based upon a disco hit, each variation in a different style from early baroque to romantic toccata.
Admission is free, and, following the concert, there will be a reception for the artists, with an exhibition of artist Hagel’s PhotoArt, a special photographic process, with a silent auction of these pieces, a portion of proceeds to benefit the organ fund.
Free-will offering and donations will be accepted for the continued restoration of Bay Shore Church’s pipe organ.