Kiyo and Chiemi Watanabe:
Organ Duet Concert October 7, 2018—3:00 p.m.
Husband and wife organ duo Kiyo and Chiemi Watanabe have appeared by invitation at premier events in both the U.S. and abroad, including organ festivals at Spreckels Organ Pavillion in Balboa Park, San Diego, California (1993, 1995, 2000, 2004, and 2017), and Iglesia Catedral in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico (1996 and 2000). Other performances include those to sell-out crowds at Izumi Hall in Osaka, Japan (2010) and concerts on noted historical organs at Eglise Saint-Roch cathedral in Paris, France (2009), and Schleswig Cathedral in Schleswig, Germany (2008). In 2017, Kiyo and Chiemi were back for fifth time at the Balboa Park, giving an organ duet concert for the International Summer Organ Festival once again in front of an audience of over a thousand people.
Their concert program includes variety of music that entertains general public audience with the works written for organ solo and duet, in addition to major classic music transcribed for piano and organ.
May 5, 2019
Craig Cramer is Professor of Organ and Artist in Residence at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He also serves as organist at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Elkhart, Indiana. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance. The Eastman School also awarded him the prestigious Performer’s Certificate in Organ.
One of the most traveled organists of his generation, Cramer maintains an active recital career across the country and in Europe. He has performed in forty-four of the United States as well as in Canada.