Bach in the spotlight: Organist James David Christie
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.