Join us at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville as organist and director of music, Jeremy Roberts presents "In Thanks for Mentors: The Organ Music of Bach and Buxtehude."
In October of of 1705 the young Johann Sebastian Bach was given a four week leave of absence from his job as organist at the Neue Kirche in Arnstadt in order to visit and learn from the great Dietrich Buxtehude. Buxtehude was renowned as a master organist and was famous for the Abendmusiken concerts he organized at the Marienkirche where he worked in Lubeck. The young Bach walked the entire 200 mile treck to Lubeck. The time spent learning from Buxtehude was apparently so fruitful that Bach overstayed his allowed four weeks and instead didn't return home for another four months! (His employers were not amused!) Buxtehude's influence can be seen in many of Bach's compositions. And so it is with any of us who have had superb teachers and mentors. Their imprint is forever left on our lives.
This program is dedicated to Jeremy's undergraduate organ professor, Dr. Richard Konzen, in honor of his retirement this past spring. Come and enjoy an evening of beautiful organ music played on the stunning 2014 Holtkamp Organ, Asheville's largest pipe organ!