Friends of Music

The Arts have always played an important role in the life of the Church, and have a biblical, historical and theological precedence for doing so. The nurturing of the Arts within a faith setting provides a strong stimulus for people to attend a wide variety of events such as concerts, recitals, special services, and entertainment offerings.

The Friends of Music Patron Program enters is sixth year of supporting The Arts Program and Peachtree Road. Through the Friends of Music (“FOM”) initiatives, we are able to continue fulfilling our mission of:

  • Offering the finest possible musical occasions in our annual concert series, including sponsoring concerts by nationally and internationally renowned ensembles
  • Expanding the understanding and value of music
  • Supporting the music ministry in all they do to help lead worship services in our great church
  • Financially supporting and facilitating these initiatives

Through the generosity and faithful support of the Friends of Music, we can expand this tradition of excellence and the arts will thrive at Peachtree Road for many seasons to come.

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Initiatives

Annual Concert Series

For decades, Peachtree Road has offered a multitude of opportunities for music lovers through its annual concert series. Sponsoring nationally and internationally renowned ensembles in recent years, however, has been made possible through the financial support of FRIENDS OF MUSIC (“Friends”). The Tallis Scholars, Seraphic Fire and Chanticleer’s recent performances represent the high quality Friends strives to achieve each year. Other annual performances and community favorites include the Atlanta Summer Organ Festival, the Three Choirs Festival (featuring Georgia State University Singers, UGA’s Hodgson Singers and Emory’s Concert Choir) and several offerings from our ensemble in residence, the Georgia Boy Choir.

Friends also supports our Chancel Choir’s presentations of seasonal and sacred choral masterworks with full orchestra that exceed the normal bounds of Peachtree Road’s rich liturgical life. From the Many Moods of Christmas to “The Crown: Music from the Coronation,” our choir enriches the musical repertoire available to the church and community at large and contributes to the ongoing musical heritage of Peachtree Road.


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Worship at Peachtree Road

In addition to musical excellence in our weekly worship services, we celebrate Festival Worship with guest soloists and orchestra several times a year, including: Palm Sunday, Easter Day, Music and Arts Sunday, Celebration of Freedom, Harvest Sunday and Christmas Eve. Our annual Feast of All Saints: Choral Evensong is a unique service of prayers and praises offered by the choir for our entire faith community.


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Exquisite Music in a Divine Space

Peachtree Road is known as one of the top places in the country to hear heavenly music. It is our beautiful sanctuary, incredible acoustics and magnificent organs that together provide a unique worship experience for both artists and listeners. Friends supports needed renovations, purchases and special projects that maintain our instruments and venue. For example, Friends funds underwrote recent repairs to our Schantz chapel organ and the acquisition of a Van Daalen continuo organ that provides the intimate sound required for music performed in many of our concerts and services.

As part of its mission, Friends of Music sponsors concerts by nationally and internationally renowned ensembles. This season we are proud to present Kinnara!

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Signature Concert of the Season – Kinnara

Chanticleer

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Friends of Music Signature Concert of the Season:  Kinnara
Sunday, September 29, 2019
7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil
J.D. Burnett, conductor

Comprising some of the finest ensemble and solo singers in the country, Kinnara is one of the nation’s premier professional chamber choirs. Under the direction of J.D. Burnett, who also serves as Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Georgia, the choir performs a wide variety of standard choral repertoire from all eras. Kinnara strives to honor the capacious choral tradition with exemplary choral experiences that speak to the modern soul.

Now in its eleventh season, Kinnara released its first commercial recorded album, Provenance, in September 2017 on the Affetto label, distributed internationally by Naxos. Including Johannes Brahms’ double choir motets, Fest- und Gedenksprüche, selections from Francis Poulenc’s Sept Chansons, and Alberto Ginastera’s Lamentations of Jeremiah, Provenance is available for streaming on Spotify, and for sale on iTunes and Amazon. Physical copies are available for purchase after our concerts.

Kinnara fosters the perpetuity of choral music in American culture by creating space for professional ensemble work. Grounded in the belief that collective singing is inherently generous to singers and listeners alike, Kinnara crafts exemplary experiences that speak to the modern soul.

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Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil

Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil is contemplative, intense, and overwhelmingly devotional. It is an other-worldly spectrum of religious sensibility, and comes through as very fervent and full. It’s incredibly sacred and there isn’t another work like it in the choral repertoire. Join nationally-renowned professional chamber choir, Kinnara, for a candlelit hour of this exceptional piece in one of the most beautiful sacred spaces in the country, the PRUMC sanctuary.

Tickets available starting July 15
A link will be provided here.
$30/General Admission
$18/Student Admission

To learn more about Kinnara, and hear selected tracks from their first album, Provenance, click here.

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Joining Friends of Music

Individual membership is open to all by donation.  Enjoy benefits such as seasonal discounts, preferred seating and invitations to special events.  Please join us and give as generously as you can.  To learn how to join, Ruth Sommerville at 404.240.8212 or ruths@prumc.org to offer your help.

Levels of Giving

  • $50-$99 – Angels
  • $100-$499 – Archangels
  • $500-$999 – Principalities
  • $1,000-$4,999 – Virtues
  • $5,000-$9,999 – Dominions
  • $10,000-$24,999 – Cherubim
  • $25,000 + Seraphim

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Music Advisory Board

J. Tyler “Ty” Tippett, Chairman
Scott H. Atchison, Director of Music and Organist
Lisa Beale
Merritt Bond
Mary & Marvin Brantley
Rev. Bill & Wendie Britt
Richard & Ann Brock
Tommy Brunson
Johnson Cook
Mary Ann Costin
Jason Cox
Kay & Dick Dietz
Ed Doolittle
John Ethridge Jr.
Jane Hill
Bob Hubbard
Janet Joiner
Warren Kennett
Allyson Kiel
Phil Mastin
Janice & Dick McGalliard
Ted McMullan
Pablo Mejias
Stephen Riddle
Ruth Sommerville
Allen Taylor
Andy Vincent
Sally Westmoreland
Mary & Hamilton Williams

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