Mainly Baroque: or­gan­ist James David Christie

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James David Christie, a star of the or­gan world, pays a re­turn visit to the C.B. Fisk in­stru­ment at First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave.) for an ex­tended in­stall­ment of the church’s weekly TGIF con­certs, this one run­ning about an hour rather than the usual half-hour. He has served as or­gan­ist of the Bos­ton Sym­phony since 1978, be­came the first Amer­i­can ever to win the pres­ti­gious Bruges In­ter­na­tional Or­gan Com­pe­ti­tion (in 1979), has re­ceived re­spected crit­i­cal awards for his solo record­ings, and main­tains a heavy sched­ule of con­cert ap­pear­ances through­out the world (es­pe­cially in Europe), in ad­di­tion to chair­ing the or­gan depart­ment at Ober­lin Col­lege Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic, a school un­par­al­leled in the qual­ity and va­ri­ety of its or­gans. His recital ranges from mu­sic of the Ger­man Baroque (by Schei­de­mann, Schildt, and Bux­te­hude, as well as Bach’s “Great” G-mi­nor Fan­ta­sia and Fugue) to a 17th-cen­tury Ital­ian can­zona by Gio­vanni Sal­va­tore and works by two Amer­i­can com­posers, the late Daniel Pinkham and the New Mex­ico-based Fred­er­ick Frahm. The con­cert be­gins at 5:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Feb. 13; dona­tions ac­cepted. Call 505-982-8544, Ext. 16. — J.M.K.

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