Brazilian Organist to visit in July

Cristiano Rizzotto, a Brazilian organist, will perform at Grace Lutheran Church on Thursday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m.  Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Mr. Rizzotto was born in Rio de Janeiro and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) where he graduated Magna cum Laude in 2010. In 2009, sponsored by the Braazilian government’s Ministry of Education, he studied at East Carolina University (United States) and returned to Brazil to graduate and serve as organist of the city’s Benedictine Abbey, owner of the oldest organ in South America and where the tradition of the chants and liturgy has been kept fresh and alive by the Carioca monks since the 16th century.

Mr. Rizzotto returned to the United States in 2011 to earn a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music/Organ, completed in 2013. Currently he is pursuing his doctoral studies at the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, where he is also a Graduate Assistant at the organ shop and serves as the Director of Music and Organist at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Duncan, Oklahoma.

Cristiano Rizzotto received a Service Playing Certificate and is a Certified Guild member of the American Guild of Organists (2012).

On March 7, 1969 our organ was dedicated as the Elias J. Halling Memorial Organ; which contains pipes and operating equipment from 1938 to the present time. This instrument is truly an asset to worship services and numerous events at Grace Lutheran Church, with 41 ranks and 2411 pipes, playable from a three-keyboard console. With great pride we care for it and see to its needs with regular check-ups by the Hendrickson Organ Company of Saint Peter.

Mr. Halling was a gifted music professor and choir director for 37 years at Mankato State University (now University of Minnesota - Mankato) who joined the congregation in 1937. He was honored by the naming of the recital hall in the Earley Center for the Performing Arts the E.J. Halling Recital Hall.

Learn more about Mr. Rizzotto at his website.