Pipes and ped­als: Rod­er­ick Dem­mings Jr.

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — J.M.K.

The TGIF series of First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave.) of­fers a half-hour or so of good mu­sic at the end of ev­ery Fri­day af­ter­noon. This week’s recital fea­tures the church’s C.B. Fisk or­gan manned by Rod­er­ick Dem­mings Jr., who is com­plet­ing his stud­ies at the Pe­abody In­sti­tute of The Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity in Bal­ti­more. His achieve­ments in­clude be­ing spot­lighted on the na­tional ra­dio show From the Top (in an in­stall­ment broad­cast in 2006 from Carnegie Hall); per­form­ing in a 2013 concert at the Vat­i­can, where he as­sisted the Vat­i­can Choir in a concert for Pope Fran­cis; and be­ing hon­ored as Young Per­son of the Year by the state of Texas. On the docket are works by Bach (in­clud­ing his Toc­cata in F ma­jor, BWV 540), Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Florence Price, and con­tem­po­rary com­poser Dan Lock­lair. Price was the first African-Amer­i­can woman to gain promi­nence as a sym­phonic com­poser — her Sym­phony No. 1 was per­formed by the Chicago Sym­phony in 1933 — and her vo­lu­mi­nous cat­a­log, which had reached some 300 pieces by the time she died in 1953, in­cludes a no­table trove of mu­sic for the or­gan, from which Dem­mings will of­fer the Fi­nale of her First Sonata for Or­gan, com­posed in 1927. His recital be­gins at 5:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Sept. 9. No tick­ets are nec­es­sary for the free con­certs of this series, although con­tri­bu­tions are wel­come at the door. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 505-982-8544, Ext. 16.

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