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Chile wreath transparentThe Albuquerque Chapter of the American Guild of Organists welcomes you and celebrates New Mexico – The Land of Enchantment!  We live in a stunning landscape of colorful evening skies, towering mountains and impressive mesas!

We are a multi-cultural state, the crossroads of three major cultures, and best known for our ancient Native American Pueblos and Petroglyphs, the Santa Fe Opera and markets, traditional Spanish Fiestas and southwest cuisine of Red and Hot Green Chile!

Poets and artists visit Taos for inspiration while film-makers discover the unique desert landscapes of Southern New Mexico.

Immanuel Lutheran Pipe Organ Balcony, Albuquerque
Immanuel Lutheran Pipe Organ Balcony, Albuquerque

Our music blends with this setting as we add the beauty of our organ pipes with the plaintive strings of the Spanish guitar or the quiet sound of the Native American flute, and the rhythmic chants of the Native American drums and singers.

Passacaglia & Fugue “Antares in Scorpius”

by Chapter Member Dr. James Yeager

Passacaglia & Fugue “Antares in Scorpius” is an original composition for orchestra paired with nine images from James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). This video is tribute to the spectacular accomplishment of NASA and the Goddard recent scientific efforts. The composer’s love of the dark southwestern night sky brilliant with views of the Milky Way and the constellation, Scorpius, initially helped inspire this music. Moreover, his following of the monumental technical and scientific achievement of JWST, inspired him to create this video. The classical form, passacaglia, builds variations on repeated melodic melody or theme. At times the passacaglia theme remains insistently in the musical foreground but later becomes submerged and nearly hidden in the background. The energetic fugue grows out of the passacaglia theme and ends with a joining of the fugue subject and passacaglia. JWST images of distant nebulae and galaxies create a visual counterpart to the aural landscape. The composer hopes that the “journey” in sound and light will be both uplifting and worthy. (Listening with good speakers or headphones is strongly recommended because of the wide dynamic musical range.)

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