Internationally Acclaimed Recording Artist Gail Archer Performs Ukrainian Music In Free Benefit Concert In Harlem

Leading organist and recording artist Gail Archer today announced the free concert to benefit Ukrainian relief at her school’s St. Paul’s Chapel in Harlem.

Gail will perform works off her ninth album: Chernivtsi: Contemporary Ukrainian Organ Music, on Thursday, April 28th, 2022, at 6 pm, EST, at the St. Paul’s Chapel, 1160 Amsterdam Avenue, Columbia University, in Harlem, New York.

The event can be accessed for free at https://religiouslife.columbia.edu/sacred-music and streaming LIVE on @YouTube

Known for enthralling listeners with her musicality, sensitivity, and visceral quality, Archer introduces listeners to rarely performed works by six 19th-21st century Ukrainian composers.

The organ literature of Eastern Europe is little known in the West, both in Western Europe and the United States.


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Archer is dedicated to drawing attention to Ukrainian modern composers through ongoing research and performances.

“The richness and variety of the Ukrainian organ literature deserves international attention, as the beauty and vital creative spirit in this music inspires and rewards the performer as well as the listener,” says Gail Archer. “It is my sincere hope that many people will take the journey to Chernivtsi, and come away refreshed, renewed and ever more curious about the musical arts in Eastern Europe today.”

Archer has had a long-time interest in the vibrant organ culture of Ukraine.

Since 2011, Archer has performed each year in Eastern Europe resulting in her election as a faculty member at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.

The new CD was recorded in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, on a fine Riegger-Kloss organ in the city’s Armenian Catholic Church.

Archer’s recordings span the 17th-21st centuries, a festive discography that highlights her musical mastery on grand Romantic instruments as well as Baroque tracker organs.

“one of this era’s most adventurous interpreters of the classical organ repertoire” – NY Music Daily

This latest album is the second in a trilogy of recordings of contemporary organ literature from Eastern Europe.



The third will feature Polish works and the first was A Russian Journey (2017), which included music from the 19th-21st century by Russian composers Glasunow, Cui, Ljapunow, Slonimski, Shaversashvili, and Mussorgsky.

“The superb musicianship, masterly technique, and programming savvy informing the American organist Gail Archer’s previous Meyer Media releases prevail throughout ‘A Russian Journey’.” (Gramophone)

Gail Archer

Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor, and lecturer who draws attention to composer anniversaries or musical themes with her annual recital series including Max Reger, The Muse’s Voice, An American Idyll, Liszt, Bach, Mendelssohn, and Messiaen.

Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen. Time Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as the “Best of 2008” in classical music and opera.

Her recordings include A Russian Journey, The Muse’s Voice, Franz Lizst: A Hungarian Rhapsody, Bach: The Transcendent Genius, An American Idyll, A Mystic in the Making (Meyer Media), and The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils (CALA Records).

Ms. Archer’s 2019 European tour took her to the British Isles, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, and Malta.

Highlights include the St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Basilica of Loyola, San Sebastian, Spain, St. Mary’s Church, Cracow, Poland, Holy Cross Church, Lublin, Poland, the Philharmonic of Lviv, Ukraine, and the Lutheran Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, Moscow, Russia.

She is the founder of Musforum, www.musforum.org, an international network for women organists to promote and affirm their work.

“Gail Archer’s recitals are so highly thought of and successful, for she creates a really rousing and exhilarating performance.” – Music Web International

Ms. Archer is a college organist at Vassar College, a faculty member of Harriman Institute of Columbia University, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and Chamber Singers. www.gailarcher.com

All donations benefit Ukrainian relief.

Tickets + Info

The event can be accessed for free at https://religiouslife.columbia.edu/sacred-music and streaming LIVE on @YouTube

Gail will perform works off her ninth album: Chernivtsi: Contemporary Ukrainian Organ Music, on Thursday, April 28th, 2022, at 6 pm, EST, at the St. Paul’s Chapel, 1160 Amsterdam Avenue, Columbia University, in Harlem, New York.

Photo credit: 1-2) Gail Archer by Buck Ennis.

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