Music & Arts
Welcome to the 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 Summer Organ Festival
Wednesday, June 15
7:30 pm, Sanctuary
This recital kicks off 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 young organists. $15 suggested donation. Dessert reception following.
The Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition
June 15, 16, 17, 2022
The Music and Arts Program is excited to announce the first Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition taking place June 15-17, 2022. The competition will be a biennial event held in June. Six organists will 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. This new competition was 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. It is with great admiration and pride that the Stephens family brings this competition to Peachtree Road.
We are thrilled to announce the finalists for The Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition. The standard of skill from the applicants was remarkably high and we appreciate the incredible talent of the over 70 organists who entered. After careful consideration, the finalists for the Final Round selected are: Krzysztof Augustyn, Poland; Ilaria Centorrino, Italy; Quentin du Verdier, France; Alex Jones, United Kingdom; Minjun Lee, South Korea; and Tom Rioult, France.
Friday, June 17, 2022
1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 6:00, 7:00, & 8:00 pm, Sanctuary & Livestream
All are welcome to attend the finalist recitals and enjoy the astounding talents of these young organists. The announcement of the winners and a reception will take place later that evening.
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.