Music & Arts

Exquisite music in a divine space

It has been a tradition, commitment, and passion to provide decades of outstanding concerts and performances.  Our beautiful sanctuary, incredible acoustics, and magnificent instruments make Peachtree Road a destination for both artist and listener.  We offer the finest possible musical occasions with artists from the Atlanta community and around the world, who are well known for their world-class talent and artistry.

PRUMC Chancel Choir presents Faure Requiem.

Fauré: Requiem

Sunday, March 3, 2024

7:00 pm, Sanctuary

PRUMC Chancel Choir
Orchestra
Scott Atchison, conductor
Oliver Brett, organ

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Fauré’s death, the renowned PRUMC Chancel Choir will offer his Requiem. He was one of the most influential of French composers, linking the end of Romanticism with the beginnings of the modern era. His Requiem and Pavane remain among the best-loved classical pieces. Fauré began composing his Requiem in 1887, revised and expanded it over the years, until its final version dating from 1901.

This concert will be performed in remembrance of lives lost during the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.

$15 suggested concert donation.

Passion of the Christ

The Musical Stations of the Cross   

Sunday, March 17, 2024

7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Scott H. Atchison, gallery organ, Patrick Scott, chancel organ, John Lemley, narration

Schola, antiphons, Peachtree Carillon

Over the past decade, Peachtree Road has created a beautiful Lenten tradition through inspired improvisations and organ works played by two organists on the Church’s two consoles of the Great Organ, reflective settings sung by PRUMC’s Schola, and live readings of connective scripture.   The Sanctuary is illuminated by the glow of hundreds of candles representing Christ’s light in the darkness and inspiring moments of reflection and contemplation for the listener. 

$15 suggested concert donation

Choir singing with piano in sanctuary from the Three Choirs concert at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia as part of our Music Concert Series.

Three Choirs Festival 

Thursday, April 4, 2024

7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Georgia State University Singers, Deanna Joseph, conductor
Emory University Concert Choir, Eric Nelson, conductor
UGA Hodgson Singers, Daniel Bara, conductor

Now an annual concert series favorite, we present the premier ensembles of these prestigious University Programs. Enjoy a collaborative, diverse and inspiring musical exchange with these talented singers.

$15 suggested concert donation / $5 for students.

Midday Music in May

Wednesdays in May, 2024

1:00 pm, Sanctuary

Enjoy anniversary themed 30-minute lunchtime organ recitals featuring the best of Atlanta’s organists who will share in the celebration of The Great Organ of Peachtree Road.

May 1

Scott Atchison, Oliver Brett, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church

May 8

Ted Babbitt, Walnut Street Music at Christ Church, Macon, GA

May 15

Justin Maxey, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA

May 22

Sean Vogt, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA

Admission is free. 

Kinnara Choir performs Immortal Bach at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia as part of our Music Concert Series.

Kinnara Presents Immortal Bach

Friday, May 3, 2024

7:00 pm, Sanctuary

 J.D. Burnett, conductor

Celebrate Kinnara’s Fifteenth Anniversary at Peachtree Road!  As they embark on this momentous occasion, they take pride in honoring their rich history through captivating performances that have shaped them as an ensemble.

This special program pays tribute to the timeless works of J.S. Bach, and the lasting impact of his musical inheritance and legacy. Originally planned for March 2020, Kinnara is excited to finally bring this spectacular program to life.  Experience the brilliance of Bach’s fabulous cantata, “Jesu, Meine Freude,” along side mesmerizing compositions by Monteverdi, Brahms, Distler, and Caroline Shaw. These masterpieces promise an unforgettable musical journey that transcends time and connects the past with the present.

James O'Donnell, organist performs at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia as part of our Music Concert Series.

Atlanta Summer Organ Festival

Sunday, June 16, 2024

7:30 pm, Sanctuary

James O’Donnell, organist

Internationally recognized as a conductor, organist, and teacher, James O’Donnell has performed all over the world.  Following a distinguished 23-year tenure as Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey, Mr. O’Donnell now holds the post of Professor in the Practice of Organ at Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven CT, where he succeeds Thomas Murray as professor to graduate organ majors and other students in sacred music. 

In his tenure at Westminster Abbey, Mr. O’Donnell was responsible for all musical aspects of the Abbey’s work, training and conducting the Abbey Choir in its daily choral services, recordings, concerts, and broadcasts and at the great national occasions for which the Abbey is known, including directing the music for the September 2022 State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Atlanta Summer Organ Festival was established in 1995 to help increase classical music performances in the summer and PRUMC joined as a host in 2002.  To this day, the festival continues the tradition of offering a series of wonderful venues for both established and talented rising young organists.

A dessert reception will follow the program.

$15 suggested donation.

Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition

June 17, 18, 19, 2024

Opening Recital

James O’Donnell, organ

Sunday, June 16, 2024

7:30 pm, Sanctuary

The Music and Arts Program is excited to announce the second Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition taking place June 17-19, 2024. The competition is a biennial event designed to attract the very best young organists from around the world. The first competition in 2022 received over seventy applicants, twice as many as most other organ competitions here in the U.S. and abroad. Six finalists will once again be invited to Atlanta to compete for prize money totaling $21,000. The competition will be judged by a jury of five of the world’s finest performers: David Briggs (chair), David Coucheron, Isabelle Demers, Lynne Davis, and James O’Donnell.

Founded by the family of the late Elizabeth B. Stephens, who was a great supporter of the arts at PRUMC and throughout the city of Atlanta, the competition has garnered global acclaim.  The competition’s final round will take place on June 19, 2024.  These performances are free and open to the public.