David Parsons, a native of Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Princeton, Northwestern and Cambridge Universities. His organ teachers have included Charles T. Maclary, Carl Weinrich, Richard Enright, André Stricker and Peter le Huray. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and at the New College, Berkeley. While living in England, David served as Organist and Choirmaster of The Round Church, Cambridge (The Church of the Holy Sepulchre), established in AD 1116. He has concertized throughout Britain, Barbados, and the USA. From 1987 to 2004 David was Organist at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, California. During his time in Palo Alto he also made a specialty of composing and compiling classical scores for some of the great films from the silent era. From 1988 to 2005 he worked in San Jose at Adobe Systems Incorporated, where he was a member of the renowned type department, producing digital typefaces (fonts). He now works as a composer and organ builder and consultant, and also as a regular substitute at the organs of Stanford University’s Memorial Church.
The Trio con Brio Copenhagen returned to the SRJC Chamber Concerts Series Feb. 20 in a program devoted to two massive piano trios, prefaced with an anniversary cello/piano duo.
Although Mendelssohn’s Song without Words, Opus 109, was chosen to open the program in honor of the composer’s 200th anniversary this year, this tender love poem is worth including anytime. Korean cellist Soo-Kyung Hong, with her Danish husband pianist Jens Elvekjaer, made an eloquent statement in the tran... more
Maestro Bruno Ferrandis, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the symphony’s Honor Choir and four vocal soloists served a hugely rewarding feast of hearty fare for our holiday delight this past weekend. Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, nicknamed “Surprise,” opened the varied program, and its elegant structure and imaginative orchestration set the tone for the whole evening.
At Saturday night’s performance, after a couple ragged entrances, the strings found their bearings in the lyrical introduction to the... more
On the final stretch of Venice’s Grand Canal, over the water from St. Mark’s, stands the gleaming white church of Santa Maria della Salute. On Nov. 21 every year, special masses are held at the familiar landmark church to remember the city’s deliverance from the plague of 1630, and a temporary votive bridge is erected over the Grand Canal. The celebration is one of the most heart-felt in Venice, and is called the Festa della Salute. It was probably for the first such ceremony, when the foundatio... more
Truly imaginative programming has always been a treat for me, and the October 19 recital at Santa Rosa’s Resurrection Parish featured a unique list of organ works, played splendidly by guest artist Joan DeVee Dixon. Although the program was not especially intended as one of recent music, the oldest music dated from 1878, and much of the rest was less than twenty years old.
The occasion for the concert was the celebration of the 2008-2009 International Year of the Organ, as designated by... more