Pulling out all the stops: Organist James David Christie
James David Christie, a luminary of the organ loft, is becoming an annual visitor to Santa Fe. This week he returns for his sixth season to present a recital on the C.B. Fisk instrument at First Presbyterian Church (208 Grant Ave.). He is apparently a master not only of the keyboard (and pedalwork) but also of time management, since his other current obligations include chairing the organ department at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music; heading the organ department and performing as college organist at Wellesley College; appearing as Distinguished Artist in Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts; being the organist of the Boston Symphony, a position he has held since 1979; and serving as music director of Ensemble Abendmusik, a Boston-based period-instrument orchestra and chorus that explores Baroque repertoire. Indeed, his recital here will be devoted entirely to Baroque music by Michael Praetorius, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Anthoni van Noordt, and two Bachs — Johann Sebastian and his first cousin once removed Johann Christoph. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15; donations are appreciated. Call 505-982-8544, Ext. 16.