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Kimberly is very committed to the performance of new organ music and to working with composers to create new works.  She was privileged to perform Ligeti's organ music in the presence of the composer on two occasions, on the dual-temperament Fisk organ at Stanford University and on the Rieger organ at St. Marylebone Parish Church in London.  Ligeti helped her extensively in the preparation of these performances, and she has documented his ideas on performing the organ works in a chapter entitled "György Ligeti (1923-2006),” in Twentieth-Century Organ Music, ed. Christopher S. Anderson. (New York: Routledge, 2012): 262-285.

 

 

 

For the 2000 national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Seattle, Kimberly gave the premiere performance of Chen Yi's organ concerto, Dunhuang Fantasy, which she later recorded with the Singapore Symphony.  She also champions the organ music of Margaret Sandresky, Professor Emerita of Salem College, in her home town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She has recorded Sandresky's Organ Mass l'homme armé (Divine Euterpe), and she performed Sandresky's Dialogues for Organ and Strings with the American Bach Soloists under the direction of Jeffrey Thomas for the Region IX Convention in San Francisco in 2011.

 

 

In October 2012, Kimberly was invited to perform in the inaugural series for the Acusticum organ in Piteå, Sweden. This instrument, dubbed "the Organ of the Future," is the largest in Scandinavia, with many innovative features for the performance of both early and new music. Kimberly's program spanned almost the entire gamut of the organ repertoire, including music from the Buxheimer Orgelbuch as well as works by Aaron Copland and John Cage. Her article on this amazing organ was published in The American Organist in February 2013: 62-65.

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