DAVID HIGGS, Organist – CHRISTMAS PIPE DREAMS this Saturday at SF Symphony

Celebrated international organist plays traditional Holiday favorites
on the magnificent Ruffatti organ at Davies Symphony Hall

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Hear and sing along with our majestic 9,000-pipe Ruffatti organ. Organist David Higgs, soprano Nicole Folland, and a brass ensemble from the San Francisco Symphony herald the joy of Christmas with classical organ works and traditional carols. This popular concert returns as a San Francisco Symphony holiday favorite. Click here to purchase tickets on-line: CHRISTMAS PIPE DREAMS

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DAVID HIGGS. Photo, Stephen Kennedy

One of America’s leading concert organists, David Higgs is also Chair of the Organ Department at the Eastman School of Music. He performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and has inaugurated many important new instruments including St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Vienna; the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas; and the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City. His performances with numerous ensembles have included the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Orpheus Ensemble, Chanticleer, and the Empire Brass. Since his 1987 debut with the San Francisco Symphony, he has played many Christmas concerts to capacity audiences at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, and in recent years, he has continued this tradition at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Mr. Higgs performs, teaches, and adjudicates at festivals and competitions throughout the world, including the International Organ Festivals of Calgary, Alberta; Dublin, Ireland; Odense, Denmark; Redlands and San Anselmo, California; and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. In England he has appeared several times at the Oundle International Festival and Organ Academy, the St. Albans International Festival and Competition, and the Cambridge Summer Festival. His performances for colleagues include national, regional and pedagogy conventions of the American Guild of Organists, as well as national conventions of the American Pipe Organ Builders Association, the American Institute of Organbuilders, the Westfield Center, and the Organ Historical Society; and in London, the Annual Congress of the Incorporated Association of Organists, and the International Congress of Organists.

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CDs by DAVID HIGGS, Organist

A native of New York City, Mr. Higgs held his first position as a church organist at age ten; as a teenager, he performed classical music as well as rock, gospel, and soul music. He earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. His teachers have included Claire Coci, Peter Hurford, Russell Saunders, and Frederick Swann. In New York City, he was Director of Music and Organist at Park Avenue Christian Church, and later Associate Organist of the Riverside Church, where he also conducted the Riverside Choral Society. After moving to San Francisco in 1986, he became Director of Music and Organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, Director of Church Music Studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, and Organist/Choir Director at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco.

In addition to his significant performing career, Mr. Higgs has distinguished himself as a pedagogue. He was appointed to the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music upon graduation from that institution, and has been a member of the faculty of the Eastman School of Music since 1992. His students have won prizes in prestigious international competitions, and hold important positions in leading academic and religious institutions. Mr. Higgs has recorded for Delos International, Pro Organo, Arsis, Loft, and Gothic records.

Click here to purchase tickets on-line: CHRISTMAS PIPE DREAMS

Add these beautiful recordings by David Higgs to your Classical Library. Click on the title to purchase on-line:

CD – INAUGURAL RECITAL – David Higgs, Organist. Recorded at Dallas’s Morton H. Meyerson Hall. Featured composers include David Conte, Louis-Claude Daquin, Cesar Franck, Calvin Hampton, Franz Liszt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann, and Conrad Susa. Of special interest to San Francisco Bay Area fans are the works of local artists David Conte (Pastorale & Toccata for Organ) and Conrad Susa (March for a Joyous Occasion).

CD – BACH AT BRYN MAWR – Featuring organist David Higgs. The works include Bach’s Prelude and Fugue In G Major, Concerto In A Minor, Prelude and Fugue In D Major, Trio Sonata No. 5 In C Major, and Fantasia and Fugue In G Minor.

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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