19th-Century Virtuosity at Midday: Schakel and Steppler play Liszt and Reubke

For those Ithaca-area organ-lovers who have been missing the Aeolian-Skinner organ in Sage Chapel, this week’s Wednesday lunchtime organ recital offers the chance to hear the instrument in all its glory. The program consists of Franz Liszt’s dark and brilliant set of 30 variations on ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’ played by Jonathan Schakel, followed by the rarely heard Sonata on the 94th Psalm by Liszt’s brilliant young student Julius Reubke (who died at the age of 24), played by Anna Steppler. Reubke’s work is known as the pinnacle of the Romantic organ repertoire, and it is an extraordinary, large-scale exercise in expressive, exciting writing for the instrument. For virtuosity, invention, ingenious use of the organ in all its variety, and sheer volume, this will be a memorable program. Sage Chapel, 12:30pm. Wednesday, May 3.