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  • THE TIFFANY SERIES

    The Tiffany Series offers opportunities to hear beautiful music and notable speakers while bathed in the light of the church’s eleven original Tiffany stained glass windows.

    2014-15 SEASON JUST ANNOUNCED!

    BEAU WILLIMON, creator and executive producer of House of Cards, Netflix’s original series, will discuss movie-making, filming in Baltimore, and issues of power and faith in “House of Cards.” He will be in conversation with Rev. Andrew Foster Connors. Includes clips.
    Sunday, October 26 at 3 pm

    PEABODY BRASS BASH: Peabody’s popular annual concert, featuring over 40 of their best and brightest brass players, will be part of the Tiffany Series this year.
    Sunday, December 7 at 3 pm

    CHORAL CONCERT HONORING SPENCER HAMMOND: Brown Memorial’s Chancel Choir and Friends will present a concert of works that are particularly meaningful to Spencer Hammond, who for many years was Music Director at Douglas Memorial Church, serving with Rev. Dr. Marion Bascom.
    Sunday, February 22, 2015 (Snow date: March 1, 2015) at 3 pm

    SHODEKEH AND SAHFFI IN CONCERT
    Baltimore-based beatboxer Shodekeh and singer and composer Sahffi (folk, inflected with blues, rock and classical music) will join in presenting an urban music concert.

    JAMES DAVID CHRISTIE, organist
    Internationally acclaimed organist James David Christie will present a recital on Brown Memorial’s 1930 Skinner organ. Christie, who is chair and professor of organ at both Oberlin and Wellesley, organist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and distinguished artist-in-residence at the College of at the Holy Cross, is one of the finest organists of our generation. He regularly performs solo recitals and concerts with leading orchestras in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Christie recently played the “keynote” organ concert at Symphony Hall in Boston for the national conference of the American Guild of Organists.


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    TIFFANY CONCERT CDS AVAILABLE

    CELEBRATING THE SKINNER ORGAN

    • The Tiffany Series Concert “Celebrating the Skinner Organ” honored the 80th anniversary of the installation of Brown Memorial’s 1930 Skinner Organ, Opus 839, IV/45. Organists John Walker, Marvin Mills, Michael Britt and Janet Yieh presented a “breathtaking,” “magnificent” concert according to the members of the capacity audience, many of whom were organists from the region. The program, which attendees termed “perfectly varied” and “so exciting,” included works by Guilmant, Elmore, Russell, Lefébure-Wély, Willan and Florence Price. A highlight was John Walker’s “overwhelming” performance of J.S. Bach’s “Come, Sweetest Death,” arranged at the church’s Skinner organ by Virgil Fox, Brown Memorial’s organist from 1935-1946. This CD is $15. To order, click on the “Add to Cart” button below.

    ELIJAH

    Brown Memorial’s extraordinary performance of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” featuring the Chancel Choir and Frederick Swann as guest organist, with John Walker conducting, is available as a 3-CD set for $15. Note: The concert description is below. To order, select Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” under “Order CDs” and then click on the “Add to Cart” button below.



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    Soaring "Elijah" Earns Accolades

    Felix Mendelssohn, “Elijah,”performed Sunday, May 17, 2009

    A stunning performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” — which brought the 300-member audience to its feet and elicited prolonged cheers and pew-thumping — concluded the 2008-2009 Tiffany Series. John Walker conducted the Chancel Choir and Frederick Swann served as guest organist for this memorable event.

    “Thrilling” was the word heard over and over, as people thronged Walker, Swann and the soloists after the performance. “Thrilling” was also the word chosen by choir members to describe their experience singing the oratorio.

    The voices, the artistry and the sense of ensemble among the soloists came in for particular praise.

    At the organ, Frederick Swann showed why his skill with accompaniment is legendary. The renowned organist had “extra-sensory perception,” as one person put it, anticipating each singer’s intention and providing a foundation from which he or she could “soar.”

    Eileen Guenther spoke of hearing “the rushing of the water and the flicker of the flames” in the “countless notes” Swann played, and noted the hundreds of piston changes it took to create various effects. Guenther, national President of the American Guild of Organists and Professor of Sacred Music at Wesley Seminary, asserted, “I have seldom been so struck by a total musical experience.”

    John Walker was specially praised for his expert pacing and his ability to get highly nuanced emotional expression from his finely prepared choir.



    AMONG OUR RECENT TIFFANY PROGRAMS
    Michael Britt presented an organ concert entitled “Soar with the Skinner.” It included Pierre Cochereau’s Suite de Danses , Gounod’s “Fantasie for the Organ” on themes from Faust, arr. Clarence Eddy, and other classical works. Britt also showed Laurel and Hardy’s silent film classic “From Soup to Nuts” (1928) and played his original organ accompaniment to the film. This was a varied, at times hilarious, and beautifully performed recital that was warmly received.
    May 4, 2014

    Louis Vierne’s “Messe Solennelle”(Mass for Two Organs and Choir, Opus 16) was the featured work in a concert of French choral music performed by the combined choirs of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church and Christ Lutheran Church in the Inner Harbor. Michael Britt directed the Vierne mass, Daniel Aune played the Skinner organ, and James Houston played the Harmonium. Works by Joseph Noyon, Maurice Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré and Charles-Marie Widor were also on the program. Audience and singers alike loved this concert. March 23, 2014.

    Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church, spoke about his experiences and the role of faith and religion in public life. He focused on the struggle for LGBT rights and marriage equality, areas in which he has been a committed activist. A hardy audience braved icy roads and sleet to hear a powerful presentation by this wonderful man. 
 December 8, 2013

    The Princeton Chapel Choir, directed by Penna Rose, made a rare U.S. appearance at Brown Memorial, performing a program of Russian and American works, including pieces by Chesnokov, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, American Sacred Harp hymns, and spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan and Jester Hairston. University Organist Eric Plutz accompanied them. They sang gorgeously, the rapt and enthusiastic 300-member audience agreed. October 27, 2013

    “Tiffany Treasures” was a concert featuring commissioned works that responded musically to Brown Memorial’s stunning Tiffany stained glass windows. Composers Al Fedak, Gwyneth Walker, Marvin Mills, David Schelat and Wayne Wold were among the artists whose beautiful works the Chancel Choir performed with great feeling and skill. May 19, 2013

    Soprano Marlissa Hudson, skillfully accompanied by Marvin Mills on piano, performed African American spirituals and Art Song in “The Faces of Love,” which included a tribute to the great contralto Marian Anderson. Audience members applauded the supple, subtle and extraordinary voice and musicality of this “phenominal” lyric coloratura. March 10, 2013

    Marie-Louise Langlais presented a fabulous recital of French organ music from the 18th through the 20th centuries. The second half focused on the music of members of the “Sainte Clothilde School” — César Franck, Charles Tournemire, and her late husband, Jean Langlais. Mme Langlais included works that Jean Langlais had played at Brown Memorial during two concerts he gave here in the 1950s, which gave this concert special historical—and, it must be said, emotional—resonance. Following the recital, virtually all members of the large and deeply appreciative audience stayed for Mme Langlais’ film about Jean Langlais, which was shown on a screen at the front of the church, and for the reception that followed. The “exciting” program, Mme Langlais’ “brilliant and expressive” playing, and the church’s fine acoustics all came in for special praise. November 18, 2012

    Ken and Brad Kolodner performed traditional Appalachian and original music on hammered dulcimer, fiddle and banjo to an appreciative audience of “old time” music lovers. Ken Kolodner is well known in this area; his son Brad Kolodner, whose delicate touch and skill on the clawhammer and gourd banjo and banjola were a marvel, showed why his growing reputation is well deserved. September 16, 2012

    Honegger’s “King David,” was performed by the Chancel Choir and soloists Lydia Beasley, soprano, Diane Schaming, mezzo-soprano, James Cox, tenor, and Christian Waugh, baritone under the baton of Joseph Kneer. John Walker and Stephen Harouff were the organists, and David Ware narrated. With its exciting dissonances and beautiful alleluias, this dramatic modern work was enthusiastically received by the audience — and by choir members! May 20, 2012

    Soprano Janice Chandler Eteme gave a powerful recital that had audience members cheering and begging for more. Brilliantly accompanied by JoyAnne Richardson Amani, Chandler sang works by Handel, Mozart, Fauré, and others. Tenor Devon Mercer joined her for a Verdi duet. Eteme closed the concert with “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hand” and, as an encore, another spiritual that she got “her choir”—audience members—to sing with her. A thrilling evening. April 14, 2012

    The Brass Extravaganza, directed by Phil Munds, featured 40 brass players—The Peabody Brass, two brass quintets, Munds’ 16-member Peabody horn choir, and the Ellicott City Trombone Choir. Audience members loved the young musicians’ skill and energy and praised Munds’ choreography, which featured smooth and speedy transitions among performing groups located in the two transepts as well as the front of the church. December 4, 2011

    “Love’s Elixirs: Operatic Delights”was a delightful and beautifully sung concert. Performed by members of Baltimore’s The Figaro Project, the program brought together arias, duets and scenes from operas by Mozart, Bizet, Verdi, Carlisle Floyd and Leonard Bernstein.

    Haydn’s “The Creation” was performed by the Chancel Choir, with David Enlow as guest organist and John Walker, conducting. Soloists were Lydia Beasley, soprano; Diane Schaming, alto; James Cox, tenor; and Christian Waugh, baritone. David Enlow gave a splendid performance on the organ of the orchestral accompaniment.

    Rev. Wintley Phipps in Concert. Renowned gospel singer Wintley Phipps performed a moving concert of spirituals. He interspersed his singing with stories that offered life lessons tinged with humor and with reflections on his U.S. Dream Academy, a tutoring and mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents. The result was a program that was varied and powerful.

    “Family Organ Extravaganza” was an extraordinary concert whose purpose was to teach young people about the organ as an instrument. Live video of the organists (two of whom were high school students) actually playing the keyboards and the pedals was projected onto a huge screen at the front of the church. A video about the inner workings of the organ—made by the church’s youth group—and Tom Hall’s narration of the “Sweet for Mother Goose” were highlights.

    “Imagine a World Without War” included the musical/AudioVisual work Portrait of Peace, by BSO member Brian Prechtl, a talk by longtime peace activist Elizabeth McAlister, and a performance by Ugandan musician Kinobe and his group, Soul Beat Africa.

    A Gospel Music Festival, directed by Dr. Barbara Baker, was rousing and inspiring. The music was performed by the combined choirs of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Church and Colesville United Methodist Church of Silver Spring, MD.

    …and speakers Harry Belafonte and Marian Wright Edelman!

    Proceeds from Tiffany events support Brown Memorial’s mission programs in Baltimore and beyond.

    Beau and Robin on "House of Cards" set Shodekeh Taliafero Sahffi Lynn James David Christie The new Skinner Organ CD "Elijah" CD Bishop Gene Robinson Elizabeth McAlister Ugandan musician Kinobe Organ Extravaganza, with big screen