Ronald Ebrecht, Artist in Residence and University Organist of Wesleyan University, had a residency in Rome in May at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia. During this time, he also presented copies of his new book, Cavaillé-Coll’s Monumental Organ Project for Saint Peter’s Rome, Bigger Than Them All, to the various archives he used for research at the Vatican. The presentation ceremony on May 24 was hosted by His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Comastri, President of the Fabbrica di S. Pietro in Vaticano. (Comastri left, Ebrecht right).
Fourteen hours of masterclasses at the Conservatorio allowed ample time in-depth analysis and discussion of various works for the large organ studio of his conservatory host, Professor Alessandro Licata. (photo 2, Ebrecht far left, students, Licata second from right). Ebrecht’s concluding recital on the four manual Walcker/Tamburini organ in the Academic Hall of the conservatory included works of Bach, Brahms, Bruce, Mozart, Price, Sowande, and the Ebrecht re-edition of Duruflé Scherzo opus 2 and Veni Creator opus 4.