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TIMA’s North Church Early Music Festival Concert – James David Christie Solo Organ Recital
July 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Boston Symphony organist to perform at TIMA’s North Church early music festival
James David Christie, acclaimed organist for the Boston Symphony, will play inaugural performances on the soon to be installed Schlicker chamber organ at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art’s (TIMA) North Church project space in mid-July. TIMA acquired the organ from Brooklyn, New York a year and a half ago. The organ will be installed in June. A new larger performance platform has already been completed in the North Church. There will be two early music performances during the festival. An eight member Ensemble Abendmusik will perform, with James David Christie as music director and organist, the evening of Saturday, July 14 at 7 pm and James David Christie will perform a solo organ recital on the Schlicker organ on the afternoon of Sunday, July 15 at 3 pm.
Ensemble Abendmusik made its debut at the 1987 Boston Early Music Festival. James David Christie serves as the group’s music director. For their performance at the North Church, Ensemble Abendmusik will include Gigi Turgeon (violin I), Laura Papandrea (violin II), Anne Black (viola), Sarah Freiberg Ellison (violoncello), Andrew Arceci (bass), Teresa Wakim (soprano), Joshua Cohen (baroque trumpet), and James David Christie (organ). Ensemble Abendmusik will be in residence at the North Church project space for rehearsals for much of the week prior to the performances. In addition to his role as organist for the Boston Symphony, James David Christie is chair and David S. Boe Professor of Organ at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has performed throughout the world as soloist and with major symphony orchestras as well as period instrument orchestras and ensembles.
Hugh French, director of TIMA, says, “We’re thrilled to be able to have an organist of the calibre of James David Christie along with Ensemble Abendmusik perform with the Schlicker organ at our North Church project space.” French says that the installation of the Schlicker organ and the trial run of a two performance early music festival is part of TIMA’s continued testing of the repurposing of the North Church. He adds, “Without an organ of the quality of the Schlicker organ and without the exceptional acoustics of the North Church, it’s highly unlikely that James David Christie would ever agree to perform in this area. It’s a big experiment for us.” If things go well with the festival, TIMA will try to do more in future years.
James David Christie, organist for the Boston Symphony, will perform along with Ensemble Abendmusik at TIMA’s North Church project space in mid-July.