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Internationally acclaimed organist Isabelle Demers — hailed for her "dazzling virtuosity and a dramatic sense of timing" (the United Kingdom's Newbury Weekly News) — will make her first appearance in Florida on Sunday, March 30, at the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota, the church has announced. The concert, which will begin at 5 p.m., is sponsored by Redeemer and the Sarasota- Manatee Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. "Intended to be a celebration of Redeemer's massive 50-stop Nichols & Simpson organ," a news release says, the concert will fea- ture "an exhilarating program," with Demers playing entirely from memory such works as Dances from Terpsichore (Praetorius); Scherzo and Nocturne from A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn); excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (Tchaikovsky); and Prelude and Fugue in B-Major, Op. 7, No. 1 (Dupré). "Isabelle Demers is a major contemporary artist — a true virtuoso of the organ," said Redeemer organist and choirmaster Ann Stephenson-Moe in the release. "We are thrilled to be able to bring her to Sarasota." Praised for her "expressive" and "outstanding" performances by organ aficionados across the globe and in major publications such as the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times, Demers has had recent engagements INTERNATIONAL ORGAN VIRTUOSO TO PRESENT SARASOTA CONCERT Isabelle Demers/Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader March 21, 2014 Page 116

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