Mainly Baroque: organist James David Christie
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.