Neil Weston and Rodney Barbour In Concert

Verdin Organ Division and Crestview Presbyterian Church present Neil Weston and Rodney Barbour in DUO! This whirlwind organ concert will feature some of the greatest works ever composed for organ performed by some of the country’s most skilled organists.

The concert will take place on Thursday, August 23rd at Crestview Presbyterian Church located at 9463 Cincinnati-Columbus Road in West Chester, Ohio and begins at 7:30pm.

Admission is free, however, a free-will offering is accepted.

Program

I.

Karg-Elert: Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbals (Duo)

Purcell, Mouret, Stanley, Charpentier: A Suite of Trumpet Voluntaries (Duo)

Bossi: Scherzo in G Minor (Neil Weston, solo)

Bernstein: Make Your Garden Grow (Rodney Barbour, solo)

JS Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Duo)

II.

Gigout: Grand Choeur Dialogue (Duo)

Barber: Adagio for Strings (Duo)

Archer: Danny Boy (Neil Weston, solo)

Bernstein: Wrong Note Rag (Rodney Barbour, solo)

Bull: Rondo in G (Duo)

Widor: Adagio and Toccata in F (Duo)

 

About The Organists

NEIL WESTON

A graduate of the University of London and the Royal Academy of Music, with advanced performance diplomas from the Royal College of Music and the Royal College of Organists, Neil Weston was appointed to his first cathedral organist position in England at the age of 17. In this role he played regularly on BBC Radio and Television, as well as giving solo recitals throughout the United Kingdom and in Europe.

He emigrated to the United States in 2000 and has performed in several of the nation’s most prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington National Cathedral, and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. A past prizewinner of the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation, he was presented by the AGO in concert as an improviser at the National Cathedral on three occasions.

His solo and ensemble recordings number over a dozen commercial offerings on both sides of the Atlantic. His performance style has been described by Musicweb as “exuding confidence, clarity, and precision”; the American Record Guide has complimented his “admirable playing”, and The Organ Magazine has praised his “superb performances”.

He is Director of Music at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church, and Principal Keyboard Artist at Temple Sinai, both in Washington, DC.

 

RODNEY BARBOUR

Rodney Barbour is a graduate of Marshall University (B.M. Music Education, Organ, Trombone). Moving to Cincinnati, Rodney earned the M.M. Degree in Organ Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, and also engaged in Doctoral Studies at the College-Conservatory of Music and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.

Rodney presented Masterclasses in Organ-MIDI performance at National (Seattle 2000 and Los Angeles 2004) and Regional American Guild of Organist Conventions as well as national gatherings of musicians of most denominations. Rodney has worked as Product Specialist for Church Organ Systems-Baldwin Piano and Organ, and Rodgers Instruments. For ten years, Rodney entertained on the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and Cincinnati’s Springdale Music Palace and for eleven years played the Baldwin Organ for the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium. Rodney is completing his THIRTEENTH YEAR as Director of Worship and Arts at Crestview Presbyterian Church, West Chester, Ohio Rodney has recently recorded five CD’s on Verdin and Content Organs for the Verdin Company Organ Division in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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