When Words Fail, Music Speaks

Music has the ability to profoundly touch our hearts and souls. Being a part of the rich artistic life of our church is an excellent way to experience the awakenings that music can bring.  Whether it is the friendship and service of choir, or the magnificence of an orchestral performance, the arts at Peachtree Road bring us closer to God and to each other.

We invite you to be a part of it all!  Click here to view a PDF of our 2019/2020 Concert Season brochure.

The Many Moods of Christmas
Sunday, December 8
5:30 pm, Sanctuary

PRUMC Chancel Choir, Georgia Boy Choir, soloists, orchestra
Scott Atchison, conductor

The PRUMC Chancel Choir, Georgia Boy Choir, soloists, and orchestra present their Christmas classic featuring Handel’s Messiah. Carols from the gallery will be sung by the Georgia Boy Choir before the concert. This concert will open your hearts and souls to the miraculous story of Jesus’ birth.

Tickets are complimentary but necessary for seating. Tickets will be available beginning Sunday, November 24. Childcare available for ages 4 and younger by reservation only. Email eveningchildcare@prumc.org to reserve. Reception sponsored by the PRUMC Friends of Music in Grace Hall following the concert.

The Many Moods of Christmas concert.

Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir
Friday, December 20 & Saturday, December 21
7:00 pm, Sanctuary

David R. White, conductor

The Atlanta Holiday Season isn’t complete without this PRUMC favorite! Come hear all five levels of the Georgia Boy Choir as they offer an unforgettable holiday concert. Choristers will perform sacred classics, Christmas carols, and all your holiday favorites. Don’t forget Atlanta’s largest performance of The Twelve Days of Christmas with all the audience participating! Accompanied by a full orchestra and the incomparable Scott Atchison on the Great Organ of PRUMC, this Christmas tradition is sure to fill you and your family with cheer!

TICKETS HERE

Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir

50th Anniversary Celebration!
Atlanta Chapter of the Chorister’s Guild
Friday, January 17, 2020
7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Emily Floyd, Eric Nelson, Lynn Urda, conductors, Scott Atchison, organ

The Chorister’s Guild celebrates their anniversary with a Hymn Festival featuring The Atlanta Master Chorale, The Gwinnett Young Singers, and The Shallowford Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. Highlights include an anthem commissioned by composer, Becki Slagle Mayo. The offering will benefit the Atlanta CG chapter to fulfill its mission of nurturing children, youth, and their choir directors, by providing meaningful events for learning and singing.

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Coro Vocati: The Art and the Artist
Sunday, February 2, 2020
3:00 pm, The Moore Chapel

John Dickson, conductor

Coro Vocati is a group of professional singers based in Atlanta, called to create music at the highest level of choral artistry. Coro Vocati serves as a master class for singers and an inspiration for audiences.
Recently, the group performed at the 2018 Southern Division American Choral Directors Association Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2019, Coro Vocati was the first professional choir in Georgia to perform the critically-acclaimed piece, “Considering Matthew Shepard.”

$15 suggested concert donation/$5 for students.
For more information, visit www.corovocati.com.

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Rising Stars! Eastman Organists’ Recital
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
7:00 pm, Sanctuary

We enter our fifth year of collaboration with the Eastman School of Music, the premier music school in the U.S. for Organists. We are proud to present Jennifer Shin and Alden Wright, candidates for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ performance. Come hear these extraordinary musicians!

$15 suggested concert donation/$5 for students.

Georgia Boy Choir Festival Finale Concert
Saturday, February 22, 2020
7:00 pm, Sanctuary

David R. White, conductor

The Georgia Boy Choir Festival brings all five levels of the Georgia Boy Choir, various visiting Choirs, and dozens of local singers to Peachtree Road for a weekend of beautiful music making. The Festival concludes with The Georgia Boy Choir Festival Grand Finale Concert featuring the Georgia Boy Choir, plus performances by the various Choirs attending, and all the participants singing as one tremendous Festival Choir. Don’t miss hearing these hundreds young choristers from around the country as they celebrate their shared love of singing!

Tickets at www.georgiaboychoir.org.

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Gala Recital: The Great Organ
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Oliver Brett

Oliver joined the PRUMC Music Ministry in September 2019 as the Associate Organist and Choirmaster. Oliver completed his Doctorate in Organ Performance at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. He has held many prestigious positions, including organ scholar at King’s Collee, Cambridge, UK. As a recitalist, he has performed across five continents and in venues such as the Washington National Cathedral, Royal Albert Hall, London, Westminster Abbey, and Sydney Town Hall.

$15 suggested donation/$5 students.

Passion of the Christ: The Musical Stations of the Cross
Sunday, March 15, 2020
7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

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 world’s darkness and inspire moments of reflection and contemplation for the listener.

$15 suggested concert donation/$5 for students.

Be Our Guest! Disney Classics
Sunday, March 22, 2020
4:00 pm, Sanctuary

The world of Disney comes to PRUMC! Enjoy the music of your favorite Disney classics and meet special guests we all know and love, including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Admission is Free.

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Three Choirs Festival
Thursday, April 2, 2020
7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Georgia State University Singers, Deanna Joseph, conductor
University of Georgia Hodgson Singers, Dan Bara, conductor
Emory University Concert Choir, Eric Nelson, conductor

Enjoy the incredible talent from the premier choral ensembles of these prestigious University Music Programs. These singers, from three very different schools, come together for a collaborative, diverse and inspiring musical exchange. Do not miss seeing – and hearing – them together!

$15 suggested concert donation/$5 for students.

Peachtree Road Church Three Choirs Festival 2019 2020 Concert Series

From Ashes to Glory: A Concert Benefitting the Cathedral of Notre-Dame
Sunday, April 26, 2020
7:00 pm, Sanctuary

PRUMC Chancel Choir

The renowned PRUMC Chancel Choir will offer Maurice Durufle’s Requiem and Quatre Motets. The Requiem is a favorite of the choir and they are excited to offer the entire work. This performance will be in honor of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Concert proceeds will go towards the rebuilding of their organ.

Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986) was a Parisian church musician, a renowned virtuoso organ recitalist and a professor at the Paris Conservatoire. The main influences on him were the music of other French composers, like Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, his own teacher Paul Dukas, and Gregorian chant.

The Requiem, Duruflé’s longest and most substantial work, was composed in 1947 at the end of World War II. Like Fauré, Duruflé chose to break away from the operatic and highly dramatic Requiem settings of the time. He sought to focus his setting not on visions of hell and damnation, but on images of rest and peace. In each movement, the Gregorian chant melodies of the burial Mass are skillfully assimilated, while at other times revealing itself subtly, as the drama unfolds. While Gregorian chant is in its essence the purest form of music, purged of all human emotion, Duruflé’s sensuous harmonies suffuse every note with feeling. The work has nine movements: Introit, Kyrie, Domine Jesu Christe (Offertory),Sanctus, Pie Jesu, Agnus Dei, Lux aeterna (Communion), Libera me (Responsory), In paradisum (Antiphon).

The Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op. 10, of 1960 are written for unaccompanied chorus and ideal companion pieces for the Requiem. Each motet is composed around the Gregorian chant melody and the texts for each motet come from unique segments of church liturgy. Ubi caritas was originally the final melody sung at mass on Holy Thursday during the washing of feet. Tota pulchraes is the only motet written for three-part women’s voices. This choice and the soft, sprightly nature of the piece, portrays the purity and innocent nature of Mary. The third motet, Tu es Petrus, is a rousing statement of the Church’s foundation on the rock of Saint Peter. Tantum ergo concludes the motets with the familiar Catholic hymn most often sung during the benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Duruflé uses this mediation as a characteristically introspective means of bringing the combined musical ideas of the motets to a reverent and peaceful close.

$15/General Admission.
Tickets available at www.prumc.org/events.

Notre Dame Peachtree Road Church 2019 2020 Concert Series

Midday Music in May
Wednesdays in May, 2020
12:30 pm, Sanctuary

May 6  |  Sue Mitchell-Wallace – St. David’s Episcopal Church
May 13  |  Scott Atchison, Oliver Brett – Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
May 20  |  Kirk Rich – All Saints Episcopal Church
May 27  |  Jens Korndörfer – First Presbyterian Church

Enjoy themed 30-minute lunchtime organ recitals featuring the best of Atlanta’s organists on PRUMC’s finest organs.

Admission is free.
Lunch/$7 or bring your own!

Atlanta Summer Organ Festival
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
7:30 pm, Sanctuary

David Briggs

David has built a reputation as an exciting performer and communicator, with particular emphases on orchestral transcriptions and the art of improvisation. David is increasingly in demand as a composer.  Currently Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York City, David is also Organist Emeritus of Gloucester Cathedral, UK.

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 your organists.

$15 suggested donation.
Dessert reception following.

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