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April 23, 2009

Baltimore organist to give recital at Notre Dame

Baltimore's many assets include a community of accomplished organists who can be heard enlivening church services and concerts throughout the environs each year.

Several of these musicians are products of the Peabody Conservatory, which has an excellent organ department. Among them is Baltimore native Michael Britt, who was for more than two decades minister of music at the Shrine of the Little Flower.

Since 2006, Britt has been director of music at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church in Bel Air, and he's also a faculty member at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville. When he isn't engaged in scared and concert repertoire, Britt can often be found playing live soundtracks to silent movies (in my book, a talent as praiseworthy as the mastery of baroque counterpoint).

Shortly, Britt will be in Paris, where he is scheduled to give a recital on May 3 at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. His program showcases American music, including works by Alfred Fedak, Myron Roberts, Baltimore-based Chris Lobingier and George Baker (his Tuba Tune Ragtime ought to startle the tourists a little).


Posted by Tim Smith at 12:35 PM | | Comments (2)


Thanks for such a great piece on Michael Britt!

Don't mention it. TIM

Nice aritcle. I'm sure the recital was great. Mr. Britt's talents also include conducting and teaching choral literature. I spent many summers at WMC studying chellenging music with him. He's a true proffesional.

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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