Lake Norman & Mooresville

Organist to open series with Frescobaldi

Robert Parris, professor of organ and university organist at Mercer University in Atlanta, will kick off the third season of Organ at Davidson at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the sanctuary of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St.

The free series includes six concerts through March 17.

Proficient in organ and harpsichord, Parris will showcase the range of the church's refurbished Wicks organ.

Parris has a recorded repertoire that includes Mozart, Max Reger and Leo Sowerby. His most recent recording includes music of Buxtehude, Bach, Franck, Sowerby and Dupre from a recital titled “Land of Rest” on the Loft label.

His program will include Frescobaldi toccatas, a Kremer sonata, three Bach selections, Langlais' La Nativite, Dupré's Triptyque and Parris's Prelude on “Divinum Mysterium” and Prelude on “Julion.”

A Virginia native, Parris earned his master of music, doctor of musical arts and certificate in organ from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., with post-doctoral studies in Boston and northern Germany. He is choirmaster and organist of Christ Church in Macon, Ga., the oldest Episcopal parish in the Diocese of Atlanta.

Other concerts in the series will feature:

Oct. 17: Michael Rowland, associate director of music at Davidson College Presbyterian Church and artist associate for accompanying at Davidson College. Performance is at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 31: Henry Lebedinsky, continuing an annual Halloween tradition with improvised accompaniment to the classic 1924 silent film “Phantom of the Opera.” Lebedinsky is organist and choirmaster at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Davidson and heads the annual Music at St. Alban's series. Shows will be at 7:30 and 11 p.m.

Nov. 18: André Lash, a past finalist in the University of Michigan International Organ Competition and the Concours d'Orgue de la Ville de Biarritz in France. He plays rarely performed organ works of the Spanish Baroque period and a standard organ solo repertoire. He is organist and director of instrumental activities at Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro and recently released a CD, “Gallic in Greensboro.” Lash earned his doctor of musical arts from Eastman School of Music. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 27: Jane Dimmock Cain, director of music at Davidson College Presbyterian Church and certified associate of the American Guild of Organists. She has performed concerts across the United States and in Austria and Germany. Under her direction, the Chancel Choir recently sang at an international choral festival in Leipzig, Germany, where she was chosen to accompany all of the massed choirs in excerpts from Mendelssohn's “Elijah.”

March 17: The annual Bach Birthday Bash, featuring the words of Albert Schweitzer and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The program combines dramatic readings from Schweitzer's works with local organists performing pieces that Schweitzer played in concert in Europe. The bash is at 7:30 p.m.

All concerts will be in the sanctuary of Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Details: 704-892-5641.