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Organ concert features Leonard Rhodes

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On Sunday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m., Leonard Rhodes will perform a concert of organ works by composers who have been significant influences in his career.

Rhodes, director of music, choir master and organist at Lord of the Mountains is an internationally recognized musician whose career has spanned over 40 years as organist, pianist, teacher, composer, arranger and musical director. He has performed throughout the world and continues to spread his passion for music through his work at Lord of the Mountains in Dillon.

The first half of his concert features Three Psalm Preludes by the 20th century English composer Herbert Howells. Rhodes will also perform Dietrich Buxtehude’s “Passacaglia in D minor” and J. S. Bach’s “Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland” from “Eighteen Leipzig Chorales.”

The second half will feature the works of another English composer, Edward Elgar. His “Vesper Voluntaries, op 14,” consists of eight movements. Also in the second half will be works by Gabriel Pierne, “Prelude in G Minor,” Maurice Durufle’s “Meditation” and “Chant Donne (Homage a Jean Gallon)” and Olivier Messiaen’s “Le Banquet Celeste.”

Rhodes has worked as a professional musician since he was 13 and has received diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music and the London College of Music. He also studied composition with a protege of Olivier Messiaen at Morley College, University of London.

He is the founder and director of the Pikes Peak Young Composers, an internationally renowned nonprofit organization supporting the work of young composers and based here in Summit County. He received the Pikes Peak Arts Council/Arts Business and Education Award for his work with the Pikes Peak Young Composers. His many composing and arranging credits include Trinity College of London, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and BBC Radio.

His performance credits include the Edinburgh Festival; the Cathedral of St. Sulpice, Paris; and Banqueting House in Whitehall, London, for members of the Royal Family, as well as literally thousands of engagements throughout the U.S. and Europe. He also recently appeared as narrator in three performances of Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer is Dead!” with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra.

His teaching credits include music history at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and Colorado Mountain College, as well as public and private schools in the U.K. and U.S. He teaches organ, piano, composition, ear training, theory and harmony in his private studios in Colorado Springs and Silverthorne.

This will be the fourth concert in the Lord of the Mountains inaugural 2010-2011 concert series. This concert series brings outstanding performances to audiences in Summit County throughout the concert year. Previous concerts this season have included the Colorado Young Sinfonia, the Colorado Baroque Ensemble, and a concert of sacred Christmas Music, including Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” performed by the Lord of the Mountains Sanctuary Choir.

Future concerts will feature “Duo Esprit” on Feb. 13 with viola and harp featuring Basil Vendryes, principal violist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and AnnMarie Liss, harpist; Paul Nagem, flautist, on March 27; and a concert with violin and piano featuring Brian Hanly and Rhodes on May 1.

Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Students and children are free. Tickets are also available at the church office (970-468-6809) or through the Ticket Turtle link on the Lord of the Mountains website (www.lordofthemountains.org).


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