. . . at Pasadena Presbyterian Church in Free Recital
Pasadena, CA, February 24, 2014 — Organist Timothy Howard will play an eclectic recital of music from five centuries on Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd. (corner of Madison Avenue) in the Playhouse District of downtown Pasadena.
Howard will be assisted by guest artists Meaghan King and Judith Siirila Paskowitz in music by J.S. Bach, Marcel Dupré, Paul Halley, William Mathias, Giacomo Puccini and Louis Vierne.
As are all programs on the church's Friends of Music at PPC series, the recital is free (a freewill offering will be taken). Free parking is available and the Sanctuary is handicap-accessible. A reception will follow the program.
Timothy Howard's recitals and collaborative appearances have been hailed as "precision-cut" and filled with "superb grace and élan" (The Orange County Register). He is featured regularly on American Guild of Organists (AGO) chapter and church recital series, and 2014 will marks his ninth season as principal keyboard continuo player at the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival.
In addition to solo organ recitals, his live performances of his organ scores for the silent films Nosferatu and From the Manger to the Cross have become quite popular.
Howard has been PPC's organist since 2004 and Director of Music since 2008. In his latter capacity, he directs the congregation's 55-voice Kirk Choir and an auditioned chamber choir, the Pasadena Singers. As Artistic Director of the church's Friends of Music Concert Series, he produces and conducts such major presentations as Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater, Requiem settings by Maurice Duruflé, John Rutter and Gabriel Fauré, Joseph Haydn's Paukenmesse (Mass in Time of War), Benjamin Britten's The Company of Heaven and Rejoice in the Lamb, Elizabeth Sellers' Veni Emmanuel, and Johannes Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer.
For the church's 17th annual Good Friday Devotional Concert on April 18, Howard will lead the Kirk Choir and Community Singers, soloists — including tenor Jonathan Mack as the Evangelist — and an orchestra playing Baroque instruments in Bach's St. John Passion.
Dr. Howard is also Lecturer in Music at California State University, Northridge, where he heads the school's organ program, teaches music theory and other courses, and has conducted the University's Wind Symphony and Women's Chorale. A graduate, with honors, from the University of Southern California with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Dr. Howard also holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Biola University.
Upcoming events on 2013-2014 Friends of Music series are:
• April 18: 17th annual Good Friday Devotional Concert. The Kirk Choir, community singers, soloists and orchestra — directed by Timothy Howard — perform Bach's "St. John Passion."
• May 17: Dorothy Young Riess, organist, makes her PPC recital debut.
• May 2: University of Michigan Glee Club (NEWLY ADDED TO THE SCHEDULE)
• June 7: Jazz for the City, the annual close to the FOM season, featuring The Afro-Cuban Jazz Project, led by Trumpeter Josiel Perez.
The church also sponsors its weekly free-admission "Music at Noon" concerts, which feature an eclectic mix of local, national and international artists, from 12:10-12:40 p.m. each Wednesday.
[About Pasadena Presbyterian Church: Founded in 1875, Pasadena Presbyterian Church is the oldest congregation in the city. It continues to be a leader in the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination as three languages (English, Korean and Spanish) combine to worship, study and serve as one integrated congregation. Music has been an integral part of the church's outreach to the community since Dr. Howard Swan became the church's music director in 1940. The church currently has hundreds of people participating in nine different choral and instrumental ensembles throughout the year under the overall leadership of Dr. Timothy Howard, Director of Music and Organist.]