Welcome!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 series of wonderful music making at Peachtree Road UMC. We have been blessed with a truly magnificent space and it’s only right that equally exquisite music goes in it. Through the generosity of the Friends of Music, we are able to bring you nationally and internationally renowned artists, including The Tallis Scholars and Chanticleer. This year, we are thrilled to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Great Organ with a series of concerts and recitals. To learn about all of our concerts, recitals and special services throughout the year, peruse our full Music Season Brochure HERE.

Music has the ability to profoundly touch our hearts and souls. This series is an excellent way to enrich your life through the energy and beauty expressed through a live performance. Come celebrate with us and we always invite you to bring your friends to share in the gift of music. As ever, we are thrilled to bring the arts to Peachtree Road!

Atlanta Chamber Players

The Atlanta Chamber Players

Sunday, February 6, 3:00 pm, Sanctuary

Founded in 1976 as a mixed ensemble of strings, winds, and piano, the Atlanta Chamber Players have earned a national reputation as a pioneer among chamber groups and are widely respected as a cultural treasure in the Southeast. With their unique instrumentation and variety of music, their programs are sure to delight.

A highlight of this program will be Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C major (“Cello Quintet”). This String Quintet, written in 1828 will feature the incredible musicianship of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster David Coucheron, Helen Hwaya Kim, Catherine Lynn, Rainer Eudeikis, and Brad Ritchie.  ACP Artistic Director Elizabeth Pridgen, David Coucheron and Helen Hwaya Kim will perform Shostakovich’s Two Violins and Piano, while clarinetist Alcides Rodgriguez is featured on the unique instrumentation of Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes.

General Admission | $20 in advance / $25 day of concert
Seniors | $10 in advance / $15 day of concert
Students & Educators | FREE

Oliver Great Organ

Celebrating the Great Organ | Oliver Brett

Tuesday, February 15 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Oliver Brett, PRUMC Associate Organist and Choirmaster, is the perfect musician to explore the many tonal resources of our extraordinary instrument in celebration of The Great Organ. Featured works will include a new commission written especially for the 20th anniversary by Alistair Coleman and a duet performed with Stuart Stephenson, principal trumpet with the ASO. Be the first to hear his exceptional music. This program will be recorded at a later date for a CD released later in summer 2022.

$15 suggested concert donation.

“Brett, a real gem for the city, made Peachtree Road’s Great Organ sing and thunder and speak with depth, touching on real profundity.”
– Pierre Ruhe, Arts Atlanta

Duruflé Requiem

Sunday, March 13, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
PRUMC Chancel Choir
Scott Atchison, conductor

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.

$15 suggested concert donation.

Passion of the Christ: The Musical Stations of the Cross

Sunday, April 3, 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.

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

POSTPONED TO MAY 1, 2022

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Sunday, May 1, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
David Briggs, organ
Scott Atchison, conductor
PRUMC Chancel Choir

International concert organist David Briggs will preside over our first celebration of the 20th Anniversary of The Great Organ. Mr. Briggs will play his own transcription on the organ and will be joined by PRUMC’s Chancel Choir for the rousing choral finale. There are few pieces which celebrate the triumph and power of the human spirit more Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Having emerged from the pandemic, this concert will be a true celebration.

$15 suggested concert donation.

XX Anniversary of The Great Organ

The formal inauguration of The Great Organ took place on November 10, 2002 featuring the Peachtree Road Chancel Choir, the Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral of St. Philip, and The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Robert Spano.  Inaugural events continued throughout 2003 with an Organ Recital Series featuring Olivier Latry, Richard Webster, Kent Tritle, Johannes Unger and Huw Williams.

Peachtree Road is fortunate to have this magnificent instrument continue to lead our church in praise during weekly worship and celebrate the gift of music with people throughout our community and from around the world.   As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Great Organ, we invite you to join us for this special event and bring your friends to share in the gift of music.

Thursdays at Three Concert on Facebook

Thursdays @ 3 – Music: The Soul’s Own Speech

Tune in to PRUMC’s Facebook page (facebook.com/prumc) each Thursday at 3:00 pm to enjoy weekly performances from our Music Ministry. PRUMC organists, staff singers and guest artists offer a brief musical respite of a hymn, organ music, chamber music or Broadway song for your afternoon enjoyment!

Elizabeth B Stephens International Organ Competition

Elizabeth B. Stephens
International Organ Competition
June 15-17, 2022

1st prize – $12,000
2nd prize – $6,000
3rd prize – $3,000

6 finalists will be invited to Atlanta (all expenses paid) All details including repertoire requirements and entry details will be released on Monday, September 6, 2021. Recorded round applications will be accepted from Monday, January 10, 2022 to Friday, February 25, 2022.  Candidates will be notified of the result of the recorded round on Monday, March 14, 2022. More information can be found here.

The Wondrous Machine Series 2020

The Wondrous Machine
This fall, we proudly offered a series featuring the many treasured pipe organs of our church. Through the videos below, you can explore the King of Instruments and the magnificence within! You will learn the history, inner workings, and the power of these truly incredible creations. This series celebrates the incredible organs of Peachtree Road.

The Wondrous Machine Virtual Organ Concert: Part II
Original Air Date November 22, 2020

Hear all six of PRUMC’s organs in a single concert. You will be amazed at the variety of sounds and the range of instruments here at Peachtree Road. You will hear all of PRUMC’s organists and see them up close and personal as they operate these complex machines with their hands and feet.

The Wondrous Machine Silent Movie Night with David Briggs at the Great Organ
Original Air Date November 15, 2020

This virtual concert includes a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Immigrant” accompanied by one of the world’s foremost organ improvisers.

The Wondrous Machine Virtual Organ Concert: Part I
Original Air Date November 8, 2020

Hear all six of PRUMC’s organs in a single concert. You will be amazed at the variety of sounds and the range of instruments here at Peachtree Road. You will hear all of PRUMC’s organists and see them up close and personal as they operate these complex machines with their hands and feet.

Virtual Concert Season 2020

Beethoven Birthday Celebration Concert (Virtual Only)
Original Air Date Wednesday, December 16, 2020
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2020 marks the 250th birthday of one of the greatest composers of all time.  We celebrate with a special concert featuring Atlanta’s finest chamber musicians in a program of some of Beethoven’s most sublime music.

The Many Moods of Christmas
Original Air Date December 13, 2020

5:15 pm Pre-Concert Children’s Choir Presentation – Click here or below to view
5:30 pm The Many Moods of Christmas Concert

The PRUMC Staff Singers, youth ensembles and chamber orchestra present their Christmas classic!
Concert PDF here.

How Can I Keep From Singing?

PRUMC Staff Singers offer a concert of solo songs in a range of styles, featuring music from the eighteenth century to the present day. Please enjoy this varied concert featuring baroque arias, English art song, opera, jazz, broadway and more.

Britten in Buckhead

PRUMC Staff Singers offer a concert of music by twentieth century English composer Benjamin Britten. William Green and Clarke Harris present two large-scale works, which take an innovative approach to two Biblical stories — that of Abraham and Isaac, and Christ’s Crucifixion. These passages from scripture brought to life in a unique and powerful way.