While we’re all stuck inside these days, St. Mark’s and I thought it’d be a great opportunity to show everyone what it looks like inside our Aeolian-Skinner organ at the church. I’ve put together this virtual tour of the organ for anyone who is interested in the instrument, engineering, or just finding out how things work. It’s rather simple in its presentation – one day I’ll go back and make a fancier one – but I hope it provides some interesting information from behind the facade! The video is below and can also be found on my YouTube channel.
I’m excited to share a new batch of recordings – hot off the press – of yours truly conducting the Mannes Orchestra! The videos are selections from my graduation concert back in February and feature Manuel de Falla’s masterpiece, The Three Cornered Hat. The orchestra worked diligently to put together the piece and I’m so grateful for their efforts. This was the ideal way for me to close out my time at Mannes, time I’ll remember fondly. I hope you’ll enjoy the new videos which are posted on the recordings page. Stay safe!
I’m so glad to be back in St. Paul, MN to give at recital at St. Louis, King of France Church. There’s a reason I love coming back: a stunning organ, acoustic, and architecture! I hope you’ll join us for a lunchtime recital tomorrow (Tuesday).
Tuesday, 10 March 2020; 12:35pm. The Church of Saint Louis, King of France, St. Paul, MN. Bryan returns to the stunning Casavant organ to play a concert after the noon mass. A visit to the beautiful church for some music is sure to create a wonderful break in the middle of the day. Free and open to the public. Details are here and a program is here.
The Mannes Orchestra, Guillaume Pirard, and I are in the midst of rehearsals for our graduation concert on Friday, February 21. The orchestra is sounding great and making the repertoire come to life! I hope you’ll join us Friday for the culmination of our graduate studies in conducting; it’ll be an evening of wonderful music inspired by dramatic tales. Falla’s Three Cornered Hat will certainly touch your heart with Spanish soul and passion.
Friday, 21 February 2020; 7:30pm. Tishman Auditorium, The New School, New York, NY. Bryan presents his graduation concert with the Mannes Orchestra. He will lead the orchestra in a performance of Manuel de Falla’s masterpiece The Three Cornered Hat (complete), a tour de force of Spanish flare and dance music. Free and open to the public. Details are here.
This weekend brought some exciting news! I’ve been appointed to the position of Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia. Saint Mark’s has been a musical home to me for many years, beginning with my time as Organ Scholar while studying at Curtis and continuing through my appointment as Interim Assistant last September. I’m glad to continue my work with Robert McCormick, Oak Martin, and all the staff at Saint Mark’s on a full-time basis beginning in the Fall. With two full-time musicians, we’ll be able to expand the music department and take on new initiatives as a parish.
I am continually grateful for the support Saint Mark’s gives me and I look forward to all that lies ahead!