Organist Aaron Tan to perform at UB

Published April 16, 2024

Award-winning organist Aaron Tan — who also happens to be a materials scientist — will perform on UB’s legendary Fisk pipe organ in a concert on April 19.

The concert, presented by the Department of Music and the Buffalo chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, North Campus.

The program:

Buxtehude: Preludium in E minor, BuxWV 142

Weckmann: Ach wir armen Sunder

Bonnal: Paysages euskariens, i. La Valée du Béhorléguy, au matin

Weir: Wild Mossy Mountains

Weir: Tree of Peace

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

    i. The Christmas Tree (transcribed by Aaron Tan)

    ii. Characteristic March (transcribed by Frederick Hohman)

Demessieux: Lumière from 7 Méditations sur le Saint Espirit, Op. 6

Duparc: Aux étoiles (transcribed by Aaron Tan)

Vierne: Finale from Symphonie No. 5, Op. 47

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, at the Center for the Arts box office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and at the Slee Hall box office an hour before concert time. UB students with a valid ID receive one complimentary ticket and may pick it up at the box office right before the concert.

Winner of the 2021 Canadian International Organ Competition and the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, Tan is considered by many to be a leading young artist in North America.

Originally from the Philippines and Canada, Tan enjoys multi-faceted careers as a musician and a materials scientist. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at the Eastman School of Music and also holds a PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked at Michigan as a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory for Complex Materials and Thin Films Research, studying the dielectric and thermal properties of polymer thin films.