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The New Mexican's Weekly Magazine of Arts, Entertainment & Culture Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Onstage — Bach and beyond: organist James David Christie

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Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014 5:00 am

James David Christie, the longtime organist of the Boston Symphony, also serves as professor of organ at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and is a leading exponent of his instrument on the recital circuit — which next month will include his playing five major works for organ and orchestra to open the national convention of the American Guild of Organists at Boston’s Symphony Hall. He assumes the console of the C.B. Fisk organ at First Presbyterian Church (208 Grant Ave.) for an hourlong concert at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2. His program climaxes in Bach’s early Praeludium in G Major (BWV 550), but it gets there by way of a dozen movements by slightly earlier figures whose works helped mold Bach’s musical language: Heinrich Scheidemann, Nicolas de Grigny, Dieterich Buxtehude (whom Bach visited for three months in 1705 and 1706), Johann Pachelbel (whose music Bach copied out when he was first learning the art), Georg Böhm (who may have been one of Bach’s teachers and is known to have been a sales agent for several Bach compositions), and Johann Adam Reincken (some of whose themes Bach developed into otherwise original keyboard pieces). Admission is free, though donations are welcome. Call 505-982-8544, Ext. 16. 

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