Bach in the spot­light: Or­gan­ist James David Christie

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Or­gan­ist James David Christie pays his an­nual visit to the C.B. Fisk track­er­ac­tion or­gan of First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave., 505-982-8544, Ext. 16). No grass grows be­neath his feet: He teaches or­gan at Ober­lin Col­lege Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic in Ohio and Welles­ley Col­lege in Mas­sachusetts; is Dis­tin­guished Artist in Res­i­dence at the Col­lege of the Holy Cross, also in Mas­sachusetts; and has been the or­gan­ist of the Bos­ton Sym­phony for nearly four decades. Last sum­mer he played recitals and mas­ter classes in Canada, Es­to­nia, Ger­many, and the Nether­lands, and this year he will give per­for­mances in China, Ger­many, Fin­land, Panama, Italy, and France. Bach fig­ures promi­nently on his pro­gram here, which in­cludes that com­poser’s Fan­ta­sia in G ma­jor (BWV 571), cho­rale pre­lude Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’ (BWV 662), and Pre­lude and Fugue in A mi­nor (BWV 543). Also on his pro­gram are the or­gan suite Bless­ings, com­posed in 1977 by Daniel Pinkham, and early-Baroque works by the Spa­niard Fran­cisco Cor­rea de Arauxo, the Dutch mas­ter Jan Pi­eter­szoon Sweel­inck, and Peter Philips, an English­man who moved to Flan­ders. The con­cert be­gins at 5:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Jan. 20; do­na­tions ac­cepted. — J.M.K.

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