Meeting with Carson Cooman at Harvard University
September 23 – 28, 2015
Photos & videos by Nida
First meeting: Carson and Thomas in the hotel lobby.
Carson Cooman is an American composer with a catalog of hundreds of works in many forms—from solo instrumental pieces to operas, and from orchestral works to hymn tunes. His music has been performed on all six inhabited continents in venues that range from the stage of Carnegie Hall to the basket of a hot air balloon. Cooman’s music appears on over forty recordings, including more than twenty complete CDs on on the Naxos, Albany, Artek, Gothic, Divine Art, Métier, Diversions, Convivium, Altarus, MSR Classics, Raven, and Zimbel labels.
Since 2006, Cooman has held the position of Composer in Residence at The Memorial Church, Harvard University. From 2008-11, he also served as Composer in Residence to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, Massachusetts. Listen to some of Carson Cooman's works.
In the fall of 2011, Carson Cooman began a project to create online demonstration recordings of organ repertoire by 20th and 21st century composers. The pieces chosen are primarily short works that are accessible and useful to organists of all skill levels, for either service or recital playing. The project includes over 60 of Åberg's works. Read more and listen.
Carson Cooman and Thomas by the Fisk organ at Harvard Memorial Church.
Thomas and Carson at the Skinner organ at Harvard Memorial Church.
Carson Cooman is probably the most important person in Åberg’s career through a numerous recordings and live performances with Åberg's music.
During the visit he gave Thomas the opportunity to play two of his works at the Morning Prayers at Harvard Memorial Church on September 26, 2015.
Watch videos from rehearsal at the Skinner organ:
Harvard Memorial Church on Soundcloud:
(Carson Cooman, main organist & Thomas Åberg playing his own works)
The Skinner organ at Harvard Memorial Church. Read more about the organs at Harvard.
JAMES D. HICKS JOINS FOR LUNCH IN BOSTON
Hicks, Åberg & Cooman.
American concert organist James D. Hicks joins for lunch in Boston and presents his new CD, Nordic Journey Volume V – “Many Landscapes” – which includes Åberg’s Toccata XIII (2013) – dedicated to Hicks.
James D. Hicks have specialized in Nordic organ music and is also one of the most important organists in Åberg’s career through his recordings and live performances with Åberg’s music.
Read more about his recordings with Nordic organ music on his website.
FIRST UNITARIAN SOCIETY IN NEWTON
The Hook & Hastings organ at The First Unitarian Society in Newton.
Great fun at The Hook & Hastings organ in Newton!
Carson gave also Thomas the opportunity to play the prelude and postlude to the Sunday Service at The First Unitarian Society in Newton, West Newton, MA.