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March 9, 2012

Notable organists to give recitals in Baltimore

Two high-profile organists will be giving recitals in Baltimore a week apart.

First up is Sergio Militello, principal organist of the Duomo, the famed cathedral in Florence that represents one of the architectural gems on the Renaissance. Militello, who has concertized extensively around the world, will play works by Olivier Messiaen, Leo Sowerby and Jehan Alain, among others, in a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Ignatius, where the church's 150-year-old Simmons organ was recently renovated.

The program also promises an "improvisation on sacred song" with the excellent Choir of St. Ignatius Church, Paul U. Teie director. Admission is free. A sample of Militello's artistry is below.

The following Sunday, Richard Elliott III returns to his hometown to give a recital. Elliott, who did his early studies at Peabody, has been principal organist of ...

the storied Mormon Tabernacle Choir since 1991 and has had a international concert career as well.

The recital is at 4 p.m. March 18th at Holy Comforter
Church. Admission is $20.

Posted by Tim Smith at 8:44 AM | | Comments (1)
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More for organ fans...
This Sunday at 4 on the Holtkamp organ in Peabody's Griswold Hall, faculty artist Donald Sutherland will perform with the C Street Brass student ensemble. On Sunday, April 15 (same time, same organ, same hall), another faculty artist, John Walker, will give a concert in celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Then, on April 29 at 4, Sutherland, Walker, and several of their students will perform on the Skinner organ at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church to mark the 100th birthday of legendary Brown Memorial (and Riverside Church) organist and Peabody alumnus Virgil Fox (1912-1980).

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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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