Janette Fishell organ concert tonight at 8pm at Christ Church

The Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents Janette Fishell in concert tonight. The program will begin at 8pm at Christ Episcopal Church.

Janette Fishell holds degrees with honors in organ performance from Indiana University and Northwestern University, and is Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Department at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she has taught applied organ and Organ Pedagogy since 2008. A recitalist with a wide repertoire and interest in music of all periods, she has an especially keen interest in the organ works of J.S. Bach and Petr Eben, both of whose organ works she has performed in their entirety. Her collegiate studies included work with Wilma Jensen and Wolfgang Rübsam; sabbatical study with Ludger Lohmann focused on performance practices of the German Baroque and Romantic periods, as well an exploration of historic European instruments.

Named Young Organist of the Year by Keyboard Arts, Inc. while still an undergraduate, Dr. Fishell is a recitalist and teacher of international standing. She regularly performs in many of the greatest concert venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Her numerous compact disc recordings include performances of the music of Marcel Dupré, Petr Eben and J.S. Bach. Pas de Dieu: Music Sublime and Spirited, a recording of French Romantic repertoire released by Loft Recordings in July, 2006, is the premiere recording on the C.B. Fisk Opus 126. She has been featured in live radio broadcasts worldwide, including recital broadcasts for BBC London, NHK Tokyo, and Czech Radio, and is a frequent lecturer and adjudicator. The author of numerous articles, a book on service playing published by Abingdon Press, and composer of several works for choir and solo organ, she is widely recognized as a leading authority on the organ music of Czech composer Petr Eben.

Her two solo recitals on the C.B. Fisk Opus 55 organ of historic Old West Church, Boston at the 2014 National Convention of the AGO were hailed as convention highlights, “a precious jewel … the perfect match between performer, organ and music. Fishell has emerged as one of the best Bach performers on the planet.”

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Hear the Arkansas Chamber Singers in Revelry, Reflection, Revelation! today at 3pm

Image result for arkansas chamber singersThe Arkansas Chamber Singers are performing at 3pm today (October 13) at Christ Episcopal Church.  (They also presented this concert on Friday, October 11 at St. Mark’s Episcopal.) This concert kicks off their 40th season.  The Arkansas Chamber Singers are under the direction of John Erwin.

This concert invites audiences to experience the ever popular and exciting Dello Joio composition “A Jubilant Song.”  This ecstatic work with a virtuosic piano accompaniment is set to text adapted from Walt Whitman.

Also, on the program will be ‘a capella’ pieces by Felix Mendelssohn, “Kyrie,” “Ehre sei Gott,” and “Heilig,” all of which are written for double choir and are rich in Romantic harmony.

Featured on three concert will be three works for string quartet, piano, and choir that are quite simply stunning!  “The Hope of Loving” by the young American composer, Jake Runestad, is set in six short movements, each by a different poet, extolling the virtues of love as the hope for mankind.  Also by another American composer, Dan Forrest, the choir will sing “i thank you, God,” set to a text by e. e. cummings. This mesmerizing new work is serene and calming as well as powerfully inspirational.  Brought back by popular demand is the stirring, evocative “Dark Night of the Soul,” by the wonderful Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.

ADVANCE CONCERT TICKETS
$15 Adult
$10 Student
   ($18 Adults, $12 Students at the door)

July 2FAN – Christ Church features art by John Kushmaul and Patricia Palmer

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Little Rock’s Christ Episcopal Church is participating in 2nd Friday Art Night this month.

Tonight from 5pm to 8pm, works by local artists John Kushmaul and Patricia Palmer will be featured.

Local artist John Kushmaul will exhibit paintings in the Parish Gallery. His exhibit, entitled “Scenes from Christ Church,” features 22 recent paintings of the church and its surroundings. These paintings showcase his trademark style of saturated colors and blurry details.

Little Rock artist Patricia Palmer, a member of Christ Church, will exhibit her works in The Parlor. Her exhibit, which is entitled “Inside Out,” displays her new experimental ways of expressing her ideas and vision. The exhibit will run from July 12 ­— September 30. All art is available for purchase.

Organist Thomas Alexander in concert tonight at Christ Church

At Eastertide, an organ concert by Thomas Alexander, will be presented tonight (May 17) at Christ Church at 7pm.

The concert will showcase music for the Easter season: organ works by Howells, Scheidemann, Buxtehude, Bach, and Widor, and works for organ and trumpet by recent visiting composer Richard Webster. Jamie Bryant will play the trumpet.

Thomas Alexander is the Associate Organist and Choirmaster of Christ Episcopal Church, helping direct a vibrant music program in downtown Little Rock. A graduate of Hendrix College, he studied organ performance with Timothy Allen and conducting with Andrew Morgan and Gretchen Renshaw James.

Admission is free, but all donations will help support the upcoming 2019-2020 Arts@ChristChurch season. A festive reception follows the concert.

2nd Friday Art Night – James Hayes and Jacqui Whitehead showcase their art at Christ Church

Image may contain: indoorChrist Episcopal Church will open two new artists’ exhibits in the Parish House’s Gallery and in the Parlor at the Artists’ Reception, Friday, April 12, from 5:00-8:00 pm.
The reception is free and open to the public. These exhibits will be on display and available for purchase through the end of June.
James Hayes, the well-known glass artist, will exhibit glass hangings, as well as some of his select paintings, in the Gallery. His exhibit is entitled “Chaos.” Mr. Hayes uses nature, chance, and his experiences as inspiration for his art glass. His art is playful, adventurous, colorful, and distinctive. After learning glassblowing at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School, he has studied glassblowing around the world, including Italy, France, Istanbul, New York, Seattle, and Hong Kong. Mr. Hayes has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States.
Local artist Jacqui Whitehead’s “Mystical Menagerie” exhibit will be showcased in the Parlor. As an intuitive artist, Ms. Whitehead says her paintings reflect her soul. Her love of people and nature allow colorful, happy, and whimsical creatures of every sort to become her subjects. Having taught fourth grade in the North Little Rock School District for 25 years, she credits her arts in education classes for instilling the importance of the arts in childhood development.
Christ Church believes that artists, whether painters or singers or sculptors or poets, show something of God when they show us the world’s truth and beauty through their talents. A rotating display of original artwork by local artists almost always hangs on the walls of the main gathering space in the Parish House. The Gallery is open to the public each weekday during regular business hours. The Gallery is also a regular stop on downtown Little Rock’s Second Friday Art Night. This new exhibition kicks off with a reception on Second Friday that is free to the public, with the featured artists present.

Organist Henry Webb highlights 16th Robert Young Ellis Concert

The Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents The Sixteenth Annual Concert Celebrating the Life of Robert Young Ellis. Featuring Henry Webb, organist, it will take place tonight (April 5) at Christ Episcopal Church.  There is no admission cost.

Henry Webb is a Sophomore at the Eastman School of Music, studying Organ Performance with Nathan Laube. For the year following his high school graduation, Henry served as Organ Scholar at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas under the guidance of Graham Schultz and Scott Dettra. Henry began his music studies in late 2010 and his teachers have included Christina Harmon and Scott Dettra.

In 2012, Henry received first prize in the Oklahoma City University High School Organ Competition. He has been featured as a recitalist in Texas and beyond, notably as part of the dedicatory series at the parish of Christ the King, Dallas, the Baylor University’s Pipedreams Live, and the 2016, 2017, and 2018 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival.

Henry has participated in numerous organ academies including the Oberlin Organ European Winter Term and Summer Academy, the Leipzig Europäische Orgelakademie, French and Spanish Organ Music Seminars, various Pipe Organ Encounters, and Curtis Institute Organ Camps. Henry also enjoys Astronomy, hiking, photography, and playing tennis.

Robert Young Ellis was Professor of Organ at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia for 35 years from 1952 to 1987. It is hoped that this series will inspire musicians young and old, as Ellis, through his teaching and playing, influenced innumerable students and colleagues who remember him as a musician of genius and as one who brought both wit and sophistication to the lesson and to the classroom.