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"Amazing Grace" is available to purchase online. Info Reviews

A world-class organist, Dr. Jung-A Lee, released her third organ solo CD, “Amazing Grace,” which was recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in the summer. This was produced by a non-profit organization, Music Mission International. The organ in the Disney Concert Hall was built by the German organ builder Caspar Glatter-Götz under the tonal direction and voicing of Manuel Rosales. The organ has four manuals, 6134 pipes, and its external pipes often referred as “French fries.”

Her CD represents works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Julius Reubke, Louis Vierne, Massimo Nosetti as well as several works by contemporary composers such as Corneliu Mootz, Edwin Willmington, and Christopher Pardini.

The major work of the CD is the Sonata on the 94th Psalm by the German composer, Julius Reubke. He was born in 1834 and died 1858 at the age of twenty-four. The organ work is considered as one of the most challenging works in the organ literature. In Track 7 of the CD Dr. Jung-A Lee shows her brilliant technique and exceptional musicianship while playing the 23 minute-long work by Reubke.

In organ history Johann Sebastian Bach is considered as the most important composer. His Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541, was recorded as Track 4 of the CD. Her playing is very delicate and expresses the characteristics of the Baroque era very well.

A couple of hymn arrangements were recorded as tracks 1 and 3. On purpose I chose the opening track to be a well-known melody, “Amazing Grace,” so that people can feel close to organ music. A former organist, Christopher Pardini, wrote a great rendition on the worldly renown tune. Another hymn arrangement is based on, “Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise.” Dr. Edwin Willmington, who is the dean of Fred Bock Institute of Music, Fuller Seminary, wrote a beautiful work.

Daniel’s Prayer by Corneliu Mootz is a very unique organ work, as it almost reminds me of a movie theme. Even though the composer had the Bible verses in mind, one will be able to appreciate this amazing organ piece as it brings out so many different colors from the huge organ at Disney Hall.

This particular CD also contains non sacred organ works in order to broaden the audience. A couple of tracks are based on folk melodies from Japan and South Korea. Lee, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, tried to bring out her heritage through the arrangement based on Arirang. This was written by the American composer, Michael Burkhardt.

The price of the CD is $20 plus $3 for shipping and handling within USA and $6 for outside the USA.

"Precious Lord" Info Reviews

Music Mission International proudly announces that a new CD, "Precious Lord," is now available to order.

It includes numerous hymn arrangements and features David Washburn (trumpet), Valerie Geller (violin), and Lori Loftus (piano) as well as Dr. Jung-A Lee (organ).

The CD contains hymns and praise songs such as Precious Lord, Amazing Grace, It is Well with My Soul, Prayer, You Raise Me Up, Joyful, Joyful, and My Jesus I Love Thee.

The arrangers are David Lasky, Richard Unfried, Mark Thallander, Corneliu Mootz, and several more. The CD will also be available to download in the near future.

The price of the CD is $15 plus $3 for shipping and handling within USA and $6 for outside the USA.

DVDs:

"The Beauty in the Wind" is finally available to purchase online. Info Reviews

Celebrated organist, Dr. Jung-A Lee's recitals have enthralled audiences throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. Generating the same musical excitement that has garnered her worldwide acclaim, Lee is vividly captured in all her resplendent glory by award-winning filmmaker Christopher Charles with this release of her first DVD.

Featuring one magnificent presentation after another, organist Jung-A Lee ignites the screen as she performs classical masterpieces at five Orange County churches. Including a guest appearance by David Washburn on trumpet, and an informative visit with organist Richard Unfried, Dr. Jung-A Lee's triumphant "Beauty in the Wind" is a magical concert for the senses that delights, educates, intrigues and thoroughly satisfies.

Directed by Christopher Charles, Assistant Director Donald K. Bergthold, Writter/Voice Talent by Paul Glen Neuman, Lighting Director Tom Voelpel, Camera Operator Mark Ritzema, Edited by Christopher Charles and Alex McMeekin, Location Recording and Mixing by Ross Whitney, Assistant Engineer David Reeder, Music Mastering and 5.1 Remix by Mark Calice, Director of Photography Christopher Charles, DVD Authoring Mark Calice at Ardenwood Sound & DVD


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DVD Contents:

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  1. "Arioso" from Cantata No. 156, BWV 156 - J.S. Bach
  2. Allegretto from Sonata in Bb major by Mendelssohn
  3. Largo from Xerxes by Handel
  4. March in C major by Lefebure-Wely
  5. "There is a Wideness in God's Mercy." Arrangement by Ovid Young
  6. "A Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky
  7. Prelude in C Major by Gordon Young
  8. "Sinfonia" from Cantata No. 29. "We Thank Thee. We Thank You." by J.S. Bach
  9. Trio on "Duke Street" by David Lasky
  10. "Air" from Suite No. 3 in D major by J.S. Bach
  11. Toccata in G major by Dubois
  12. "Trumplet Tune" by Purcell
  13. Theme and variation from Hommage a Frescobaldi by Langlais
  14. Toccata in B minor by Gigout

Venues:

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church - Newport Beach, CA | Geneva Presbyterian Church Laguna Woods, CA
First Evangelical Free Church - Fullerton, CA | First Baptist Church - Santa Ana, CA
St. John's Lutheran Church - Orange, CA | Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

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About the Artist:

Dr. Jung-A Lee has performed in Europe, North America, and Asia as an organist, pianist, and conductor. She currently works as an organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, and an adjunct professor at Vanguard University. From 2016 she will also teach at Biola University as studio artist. In addition, she frequently plays for the choirs of the University of California, Irvine as a collaborative pianist/organist. She is also an ambassador of Rodgers Organ Company and is featured for their showcase concerts not only in the USA, but also worldwide. In 2009 she founded Music Mission International in order to promote organ music. She is the chairman of the non-profit organization with thirteen board members.

Most recently she did organ concert tours in France, Italy, South Korea, and Nigeria. In the United States Lee gave solo organ recitals in many venues including the Cadet Chapel at United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, Woolsey Hall at Yale University, The Memorial Church and Rudolph Busch Hall at Harvard University, Methuen Music Hall in Massachusetts, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, and the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles, CA. Furthermore, she performed at many churches in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, England, Wales, and South Korea. She is also planning to perform at Washington National Cathedral in DC, North Carolina, Oregon, and South Korea.

In the summer of 2014 she did a concert tour with the UCIrvine choirs in Slovakia and Hungary. Lee also played for the major performances of the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony under the direction of Maestros John Alexander and Robert Istad in Renee and Henry Segerstrom Hall, Costa Mesa, California for many years.

She completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from Boston University. Her dissertation was on Petr Eben (1929-2007)’s Chamber Music. In Boston Lee served as an organ scholar of The Memorial Church, Harvard University from 2001 to 2003 whose services were broadcast on the radio. She earned her Master of Music degree in organ performance from Yale University with a full scholarship and worked as a collaborative pianist for the Opera School at Yale. Her teachers include James David Christie, Thomas Murray, Martin Jean, Gerre Hancock, John Tuttle, Karl Hochreither, Michael Bloss, and William Wright. She also worked with fine conductors including Christopher Hogwood, Doreen Rao, Murray Somerville, Joseph Huszti, and Chai-Hoon Park.

Lee can be heard as organist on Rorem: Works for Choir and Organ/Harvard University Choir CD on Black Box label (catalog number 1102), on the recordings of the Men in Blaque of UCI, and the recordings of the Concert Choir of Vanguard University. Her first DVD of Music Mission International, “Beauty in the Wind,” was released in 2010. Several pieces from the DVD were broadcast on the radio program, “Pipedreams” hosted by Michael Barone (http://pipereams.publicradio.org). In 2012 her CD, “Precious Lord” was released, which includes numerous hymn arrangements. In 2013 she was also featured at KUSC, 91.5 FM MHz, South Carolina ETV, and Kookdong Korean Christian Radio. Last fall her 90-minute solo organ recital (live) was broadcast at KVPR, 89.3 FM. This year she recorded for the Men in Blaque Choir’s CDs, which will be released soon. And her organ solo CD recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles was released this fall.

 

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