Renaissance organ music in Casco Antiguo

Richard Gray y James David Christ en el Saint-Pierre des Chartreux, en Toulouse, durante la Gira del Órgano de Oberlin a Francia.

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James David Christie, an organist at the Oberlin Conservatory, USA, considered internationally as one of the best organists of his generation, will perform next Tuesday, 20 and Wednesday, June 21 at Iglesia La Merced (Church of Our Lady of Mercy), as part of the second And third concert of the International Season of Concerts 2017, organized by the National Concerts Association (ANC).

Richard Gray and James David Christie at Saint-Pierre des Chartreux in Toulouse, during Oberlin’s Organ Tour de France.

Richard Gray and James David Christie at Saint-Pierre des
Chartreux in Toulouse, during Oberlin’s Organ Tour de France.

James is an organist who has performed all over the world with symphonic orchestras, classical instrument ensembles and solo recitals. He was the first American to win the First Prize and the Audience Award at the International Competition of Organs in Bruges (Belgium) in 1979.

James will play as a soloist on Tuesday night and perform pieces by the Renaissance composers, Antonio de Cabezón, and Francisco Correa de Araujo. In Wednesday’s concert, James will perform alongside the Camerata of the Juvenile Music School, a group of students together with teachers, who will play in accompaniment.

The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced houses an original tube organ, made specifically for this venue under the Baroque style, but with modern concessions. This is one of only two places that have an organ in Panama, the other is located in the lobby bar of the Continental Hotel and Casino.

The presentation will start at 8 p.m. And entrance is completely free, thanks to the collaboration of the association’s partners and donors. For more information, visit to ConcertsPanama.org

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