Ambrosian Recital Series

Jerrick Cavagnaro, September 15th @ 3pm

Organist Jerrick Cavagnaro is an Honors graduate of the Westminster Choir College and a Graduate Scholar at the Yale University School of Music. He will be performing for us at a concert you do not want to miss. Come and join us for and unforgettable expereince. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID or purchase a season pass for $45 for five of the recitals this year.

Check out Jerrick performing here: http://bit.ly/2UHMkel

Dr. James Johnson, November 3rd @ 3pm

James Johnson has earned a distinguished international reputation through his recordings and performances with the Royal Philharmonic in London, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Soloists, the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, and the Boston Pops.

Compared in the European press to such legendary giants as Horowitz, Gilels, Kempf, and Arrau, James Johnson is a pianist of spellbinding technique, whose playing reveals “enthralling dynamic and agogic work, enormous richness of tone,” (Saarbrücker Zeitung) and “a difficult-to-explain mystical quality.” (Die Rheinpfalz) His performances of works of Chaminade and Dohnanyi appeared on Clavier magazine’s list of “Best Recent Recordings,” and his recordings of Mendelssohn and Beethoven concerti were featured as Records-of-the-Month by Musical Heritage Society. His Centaur CD, featuring works of Kabalevsky and Muczynski, was included on Bound for Sound’s list of “Best Recordings.” Also active as a chamber musician, he has performed with such ensembles as the Cambridge String Quartet, the Alaska Chamber Ensemble, and the North Star Consort, praised by the New York Times for its premiers of new music.

A native of South Carolina, James Johnson earned his BM, MM and DMA degrees at the University of Arizona. His primary musical influences include the late pianists Ozan Marsh and Louis Kentner, both linked to the Romantic virtuoso tradition by their connections with Emil von Sauer, one of the last living pupils of Liszt. Through these two mentors, his musical ancestry extends back to Beethoven through Rachmaninoff and Liszt. He was Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he taught Piano, Piano Literature, Piano Pedagogy, and Accompanying. Prior to his tenure at UNO, he was Professor of Music and Chairman of the Music Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Also an organist and conductor, he earned a post-doctoral MM at Westminster Choir College, as a pupil of Joan Lippincott.

Johnson has been honored with numerous teaching awards, including the University-wide Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2001. In 2004, Johnson was selected as Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Music Teachers Association. That year also, his biography was selected for inclusion in Living Legends, a publication of the International Biographical Center, Cambridge, U.K. In 2005, he was recognized at the MTNA National Conference as a National Foundation Fellow. His biography appears in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in the World. James Johnson is a Steinway artist.

Check out Dr. Johnson playing Liszt: Etude #39 and Brahm’s Intermezzo Op. 118

The Ambrosian Collegium, Lessons & Carols, December 8th @ 5pm

This is a must see for the 2019 Christmas season! The Ambrosian Collegium will be performing Lessons and Carols as we prepare for the birth of our Lord. It is a beautiful service of music, contemplation, and joy.