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Saint Michael's Church
Organ Recital Series
2009 - 2010

October 18, 2009 - Mark Dwyer
November 15, 2009 - Douglas Major
February 21, 2009 - Heinrich Christensen
March 21, 2010 - Carolyn Skelton
April 18, 2010 - Eric Anderson
May 16, 2010 - David Chalmers

Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
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Come celebrate the International Year of the Organ and join us for a distinguished series of organ recitals at historic St. Michael's Church. Built in 1714, the church is home to the 22-stop 1975 Charles Fisk mechanical action organ, and it enjoys an acoustical space that is ideal for organ music. Our artists have chosen programs that range from the 18th cnetury tradition of Bach and his contemporaries as well as works by living composers.

Mark Dwyer, Church of the Advent, Boston - October 18, 2009
Mark Dwyer is a Worcester native and 1985 graduate of teh New England Conservatory (also earning a Master's Degree in 1990), where he studied with Yuko Hayashi, William Porter, Frank Taylor and Charles Krigbaum. Mark has also been a faculty member at the annual Saint Michael's Conference for Young People for many years. An active recitalist, Mark has performed in North and South America and Europe. He is featured on several recordings by the Advent Choir as both accompaniest and conductor, and is the performer on a JAV recording of the Advent's Aeolian-Skinner organ in the series "Great Organ Builders of America: A Retrospective."

Douglas Major, St. Michael's Church, Marblehead - November 15, 2009
An internationally recognized organ solo artist, Douglas Major has toured throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. From 1974 through the spring of 2002 he was Organist and Choirmaster of the Washington National Cathedral. He now lives in Salem, Mass., working as a composer of music for organ, synthesizer, choirs, and chamber ensembles, and serves as Director of Music for St. Michael's Church in Marblehead. Dr. Major plays many recitals and concerts each season, as well as concerts with the Empire Brass Quintet. During the last 30 years, his appearances have taken him all over the United States, from California to Maine, and Florida to Washington and Canada. Dr. Major's career has afforded him the opportunity to play with many great musicians including Ravi Shankar, Leonard Bernstein, Mistislav Rostropovich, Dave Brubeck, Aretha Franklin, Yo Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis. Dr. Major's program will include:

Heinrich Christensen, King's Chapel, Boston - February 21, 2010
A native of Denmark, Heinrich Christensen holds degrees from conservatories in Denmark and France. He received an Artist Diploma in Organ Performance from the Boston Conservatory in 2000, the same year that he was appointed Music Director of historic King's Chapel in Boston. Heinrich has won awards at international organ competitions in Germany and Denmark and has given recitals on four continents. An avid proponent of contemporary music, he has premiered works by Daniel Pinkham, Graham Gordon Ramsay, James Woodman, Bruce Saylor, Arlene Zallman, and Elliot Gyger. The solo CD "Heinrich Christensen plays the C.B. Fisk Organ at King's Chapel" (available at www.arsisaudio.com) was released in the fall of 2004, and a CD of Daniel Pinkham's Songs for Voice and organ was released by the Florestan Recital Project.

Carolyn Skelton, Andover - Sunday, March 21, 2010
Carolyn Day Skelton, Faculty Emerita, Phillips Academy, Andover, retired in June, 2004 after 32 years as School Organist and Instructor of Music. During the summer months she is the organist of Emmanuel Church in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Mrs. Skelton is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude with high distinction in music from Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition, she attended the Academy of Music in Vienna as a Fulbright Scholar and Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music in New York City.

Eric Anderson, Saint John the Evangelist, Swampscott - Sunday, April 18, 2010
Eric Anderson is Director of Music and Organist at Saint John the Evangelist Church in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and Staff organist at the Pelland Pipe Organ Company of Derry, New Hampshire. He previously served as Director of Music at Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Marblehead. His organ study was under Robert K. Love, with improvisation master classes under Messr. Naji Hakim, Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, Paris, France, while a Medieval philosophy student at Saint John's Seminary, Boston. He is a member of the American Guild of Orgnists, the Organ Historical Society, the Virgil Fox Society, and the New England Edsel Owners Club. Eric, along with his wife Nicole and daughter Keira, make their home in Marblehead.

David Chalmers - Sunday, May 16, 2010
A performer of wide-ranging interests and experience, David Chalmers has given numerous organ concerts in the United States and abroad. His foreign appearances have included such notable churches as St. Sulpice in Paris, France, and St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England, at the invitation of the late George Guest. He has also performed in Moscow's Conservatory Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall, St. Peterburg's Kapella Hall, and in 1992 was among the first American organists to perform in Siberia giving concerts in Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk. A native of Newark, Delaware, Chalmers began organ studies with Lee Dettra, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College where he studied with George Markey. He received the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with David Craighead. The winner of a Fulbright fellowship, Chalmers spent two years studying in Paris with Daniel Roth, specializing in French organ music of the 19th century.

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