Pipes and pedals: Roderick Demmings Jr.
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.