Great Organ 20th Anniversary

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 these special events and bring your friends to share in the gift of music.

Kinnara Path of Miracles

Kinnara: The Path of Miracles

Postponed Until Further Notice

Please contact Ruth Sommerville with any questions.

Sunday, October 17, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
6:30 pm Pre-Concert Lecture with Oliver Brett
7:00 pm Kinnara Concert

Spain’s Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is one of the revered “thin places” of the world, a shrine where the border between earth and heaven is felt to disappear. Since the ninth century, pilgrims have followed an ancient route leading from France to the cathedral shrine holding the body of St. James (Santiago) and extending beyond to Finisterre, “the end of the earth” on the western coast of Spain.

British composer Joby Talbot’s a cappella tour-de-force Path of Miracles follows the journey along the Camino between four of the major staging posts on the route as an expression of the individual pilgrim’s experience. The mystical and epic work reflects the physical and spiritual progress of the pilgrim, referring to the multitude of stories of saints, miracles, and traditions associated with the route. It evokes shrines to pilgrim-martyrs, ancient hospices, the pilgrim’s passport, and the symbolic burning of a piece of clothing at Finisterre to symbolize renunciation of the pilgrim’s old life.

General Admission – $30 in advance | $35 day of concert
Students – $18 in advance | $20 day of concert
Advance tickets available at www.prumc.org.

PRUMC Balcony Organ

The Great Organ: Organ and Orchestra

Sunday, October 24, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Scott Atchison, conductor
Oliver Brett, organ

This concert will feature Poulenc’s evocative and sensual Concerto for organ, timpani and strings and Stephen Paulus’ Organ Concerto No. 1 written for the American Guild of Organists’ National Convention in Atlanta in 1992. Oliver Brett will play the organ and Scott Atchison will conduct an orchestra comprising musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Oliver will also perform Widor’s complete Symphony No. 5 for organ, which concludes with his famous Toccata!

$15 suggested concert donation.

The Many Moods of Christmas Concert

The Many Moods of Christmas

Sunday, December 12
5:30 pm, Sanctuary
PRUMC Chancel Choir, Georgia Boy Choir, soloists, orchestra
Scott Atchison, conductor

The PRUMC Chancel Choir, soloists and orchestra present their Christmas classic. This concert will open your hearts and souls to the miraculous story of Jesus’ birth.

Tickets are complimentary but necessary for seating. Reserve tickets online at www.prumc.org or pick up tickets beginning Sunday, November 21, 2021. Reception sponsored by the PRUMC Friends of Music in Grace Hall following the concert.

Impact Music the Crown Georgia Boy Choir

Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir

Friday & Saturday,December 17 & 18
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 available at www.georgiaboychoir.org.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Sunday, January 30, 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.

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 Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4. This String Sextet, written in 1899 will feature the incredible musicianship of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster David Coucheron (violin), Helen Hwaya Kim (violin), Zhenwei Shi (viola), Catherine Lynn (viola), Rainer Eudeikis (cello), and Brad Ritchie (cello). 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
Advance tickets available at prumc.org.

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

Georgia Boy Choir Festival Finale Concert

Saturday, February 19, 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.

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.

Celebrating The Great Organ | Midday Music in May

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm, Sanctuary

May 4: Scott Atchison, Oliver Brett, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
May 11: Randy Elkins, Virginia-Highland Church
May 18: Caroline Robinson, Cathedral of St. Philip
May 25: David Brensinger

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.

Admission is free.

Atlanta Summer Organ Festival

Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
David Higgs, organ

This recital kicks of the Elizabeth B. Stephens Organ Competition.
One of America’s leading concert organists, David Higgs is also Chair of the Organ Department at the Eastman School of Music. He performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and has inaugurated many important new instruments including St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Vienna; the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas; St. Albans Cathedral, England; St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, Ireland; and the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City. His performances with numerous ensembles have included the San Francisco Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Orpheus Ensemble, Chanticleer, and the Empire Brass. Mr. Higgs performs, teaches, and adjudicates at festivals and competitions throughout the world.

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.

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.