A review of An Organ Legacy, a CD by faculty artist Jeremy Filsell, was featured in the May 2017 edition of The American Organist. The review describes Mr. Filsell’s performance as “consistently brilliant, commanding, and musically satisfying.” An Organ Legacy features the works of Langlai, Duruflé, Dupré, Messiaen, and more performed on the 172-rank organ of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C., and marks 50 years of music at the Shrine and the 40th anniversary of the organ. Find An Organ Legacy available for purchase here.
Ensemble Leonarda– an early music ensemble founded at Peabody featuring Nancy Kito (BM ’91, Organ), Susan Graham (BM ’90, Flute), Claire Smith Bermingham, and Sarah Stone- was featured by the New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative Project in a performance with vocalist Kelly Dwyer at the National Opera Center on February 16, with the Deputy Consul General of the Czech Republic in New York, Karel Smékal, in attendance. In 1893, Antonín Dvořák was commissioned by the NY Philharmonic to write the “New World” Symphony; and during the 2016-17 season, the New York Philharmonic invited ensembles to participate by performing all or part of the New World Symphony through their New World Initiative Project. The resulting videotaped performances would be part of the NY Philharmonic Digital Archives.
Baltimore’s Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, where Michael Britt (BM ’84, Organ) serves as music director and organist, will feature organist James David Christie on their Tiffany Concert Series on Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 pm. The program will include pieces by Ropartz, Duparc, A. Alain, J. Alain, Tournemire, as well as, two compositions by Jean Langlais and his own Élégie for Langlais. He will be playing Brown Memorial’s 1931 Skinner Organ, Opus 839, IV/45.
First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, where Jason Kissel (DMA ’07, Organ) serves as minister of music and organist, will present the inaugural Baltimore Piano Marathon Concert as a part of their signature arts series, The Spire Series, on Sunday, May 7 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Michael Sheppard (BM ’98, MM ’00, GPD ’03, Piano) will open the event. Matthew J. Palumbo (MM ’14, Piano, Musicology), Hyun Jung Kim (GPD ’15, Piano), and Ken Osowski (DMA ’05, Piano) will also be featured in the marathon concert. Radio station WBJC announcers Kati Harrison and Mark Malinowski will serve as live co-emcees. Find an interview by Mr. Kissel on the inaugural Baltimore Piano Marathon Concert at WBJC here.
Bach in Baltimore, under the direction of T. Herbert Dimmock (MM ’76, Organ), will present J.S. Bach’s Mass in G Major & Concerto No. 3 in G Minor for Oboe on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City, Md. Featured performers include Keesun Kwon (BM ’01, Voice), soprano, Charles Humphries, countertenor, Vijay Ghosh, tenor, Phillip Collister, bass-baritone, and faculty artist Sandra Lisicky, oboe.