David Briggs

David Briggs, organ

Monday, October 2Mon, Oct 2 at 7:00 PM

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

David Briggs is an internationally renowned organist whose performances are acclaimed for their musicality, virtuosity, and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages. Consistently ranked as one of the finest organists of his generation, David’s extensive repertoire spans five centuries.

Described as “an intrepid improviser” by Michael Barone (host of American Public Media’s Pipedreams), David frequently performs improvisations to silent films such as Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and a variety of Charlie Chaplin films.

Monday night’s program will include the United States premiere of his piece Sonata for Violoncello and Organ featuring guest cellist Elizabeth Start.

Scheduled Program

Final (from the “Organ Symphony”)
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Transcribed by David Briggs (1998)

Pavane pour un infante défunt
Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Transcribed by David Briggs (1998)

Abendlied (for Cello and Organ), Op. 150
Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)

Poème Symphonique: L’apprenti sorcier
Paul Dukas (1865-1935)

Sonata for Violoncello and Organ (2006)
David Briggs (b. 1962)

Lento – Allegro
Lento espressivo
Moto perpetuo

With Elizabeth Start (Cello)

Prelude and Fugue in E flat, BWV 552
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Other 2023 Festival appearances

Don’t miss our showing of the 1920 silent-film classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Wednesday, October 4 at First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo, where David will improvise the movie score. Learn more »

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