In Europe, one can stroll down a street and encounter a recital taking place inside a church or cathedral. The Welcome Summer Recital Series was created with that in mind as a way to share our beautiful space with the Richmond community and, at the same time give greater exposure to service organizations. The 19th annual series takes place on the first three Wednesday evenings in June at 7:00 p.m. There is no lovelier way to spend a summer evening than to listen to beautiful music in a beautiful space. Please join us and bring your friends.
- June 1 Kevin Kwan, Organist – Kevin became Organist of Christ and St. Luke’s (Norfolk) in October 2012. He is only the fifth person to hold the position since 1889. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Kwan received his degrees from the University of California, San Diego and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Todd Wilson. Upon completion of his studies, Mr. Kwan served as Organ Scholar at Gloucester Cathedral. Whilst in England, he enjoyed two international tours with the Choir of Men and Boys, was featured live on BBC Radio, and played piano with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the historic Three Choirs Festival. Most recently, Mr. Kwan served as Assistant Organist at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York City, where he worked daily with the renowned Choir of Men and Boys under the direction of John Scott. He also served as the Head of Instrumental Music at Saint Thomas Choir School, where he oversaw a comprehensive music education program. As a recitalist, Mr. Kwan has performed solo recitals in many prestigious venues, including Lichfield, Truro, Bristol, Westminster and Gloucester Cathedrals, as well as Bath Abbey and Westminster Abbey. In the summer of 2010, he played before a capacity audience at Passau Cathedral, Germany.
Offering benefits St. James’s Children’s Center
- June 8 A Worcester Prelude: a concert featuring music to be sung during the choir residence at Worcester Cathedral – Music will include Mass in G minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams, settings of the evening service by Howells and Stanford, Anglican chant settings of several psalms, American shape-notes hymns arranged by Alice Parker, and spirituals arranged by the late Moses Hogan.
Offering benefits the Choir Scholarship Fund
- June 15 Gus Highstein, Oboe, and Friends – Gus is Principal Oboist of the Richmond Symphony. He studied under the direction of Richard Woodhams at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His major teachers include Alfred Genovese, Lois Wann, and John Ferrillo. Highstein has played with a number of American orchestras on oboe and English horn including the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Growing up in a family of musicians, he played regularly with his brother, mother, and grandmother and still enjoys playing with them whenever together. Highstein grew up in New York and Cape Cod. He has had the chance to travel the world through music, performing from Japan to France, from Scandinavia to Switzerland, and throughout the United States.
Offering benefits CARITAS