Tiffany Series events are on Sundays at 3 p.m., and take place in Brown Memorial’s sanctuary.
Tickets are available below (see Pay Pal buttons) and at the door. We also offer Patron ($50) tickets as a way for you to help the Tiffany Series continue to provide quality concerts and speakers. We are deeply grateful for this additional support. Patron-level ticket holders will receive a complimentary CD recording of either “Celebrating the Skinner Organ” or Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with Fred Swann as guest organist.
May 7, 2017, 3 p.m.
JAMES DAVID CHRISTIE, organist
One of the most distinguished organists of our time, Christie will play a colorful program of mostly French works. Composers represented in the program include Ropartz, Duparc, A. Alain, J. Alain and Tournemire. Christie will also play two compositions by Jean Langlais, who performed at Brown Memorial Church in the 1950s, as well as his own “Élégie” for Langlais. He will be playing Brown Memorial’s 1931 Skinner Organ, Opus 839, IV/45.
Christie is Professor of Organ at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Distinguished Artist in Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, and College Organist at Wellesley College. He also serves as organist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In the fall of 2010, he exchanged positions with Notre Dame Cathedral titular organist Olivier Latry, and served as visiting Professor of Organ at the Paris Conservatory.
Christie has performed and recorded with major orchestras around the world and has given over sixty concert tours of Europe. In 2015-2016, he performed concerts and gave master classes in the United States, Japan, Russia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Canada. He has been the featured artist at the AGO national convention six times, most recently in 2014 in Boston.
Parking at the Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School lot (100-block Mosher Street) and shuttle service to the church will be available.
This fascinating panel discussion featured representatives of four religions. Delegate Mary Washington served as moderator, and panelists were Buddhist Jann Jackson, who has taught at the Mindrolling Lotus Garden Retreat Center in Virginia; Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation; Pakistani-American Muslim student Anushka Aqil, who is at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; Baptist Bishop Allyson Abrams of the Empowerment Liberation Cathedral in Silver Spring; and Brown Memorial Senior Pastor Andrew Foster Connors.
The discussion was wide-ranging, and at times very moving. Panelists addressed the experience of being both LGBTQ and a person of faith in their culture. They also explored the commitment of different religions to supporting the LGBTQ community, especially in these difficult political times.
Read coverage of the event by the Baltimore Jewish Times
This spectacular concert featured famed organists Marie-Louise Langlais, Eileen Morris Guenther (past president of the AGO), Henry Lowe and Michael Britt. In addition, Brown Memorial’s Chancel Choir and Soloists premiered works by Daniel Gawthrop, Alfred Fedak and JoyAnne Amani Richardson, commissioned in John Walker’s honor.
As Michael Bedford, AGO President wrote, “The music was of the highest caliber…[and] one could feel the love in the room that afternoon.”
John Walker, immediate past-president of the American Guild of Organists, is Minister of Music Emeritus at Brown Memorial. He previously served at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and The Riverside Church in New York City. Walker is a member of the organ faculty at Peabody Conservatory of Music and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Organ at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Read about this concert in The American Organist magazine February 2017 issue.
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