Organ concerts: Great music on a grand scale

Critic's Choice: Classical Music

November 11, 2001|By Tim Smith

Mozart called the organ "The King of Instruments," and it's hard to argue with him. For a reminder of what prompted the composer's enthusiasm, consider these two programs.

David Higgs, a much-traveled soloist and head of the organ department at the Eastman School of Music, will give a free recital at 3:30 p.m. today for the Community Concerts at Second series, Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Call 410-719-7357.

Three more organists will collaborate on a concert at 7:30 p.m. today in Griswold Hall, Peabody Conservatory, 1 E. Mt. Vernon Place. Donald Sutherland (head of Peabody's organ department and concert artist), Victoria Sirota (local vicar and concert artist) and Marvin Mills (Peabody graduate student of Sutherland) will be featured with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, led by Sylvia Alimena. The program includes two recent works -- Robert Sirota's Concerto for Organ, Strings and Percussion; Mark Weiser's Passages for Organ and Chamber Orchestra -- and, from the 19th century, Joseph Rheinberger's G minor Organ Concerto.

Tickets are $5 to $16. Call 410-659-8100, ext. 2.

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