Concerts and Friends of Music
Saint Bridget shares its many gifts, from its great musical instruments to its own talented musicians with the greater Richmond community.
Saint Bridget Church has over the years hosted concerts by The Notre Dame Folk Ensemble, Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns, and The American Boy Choir. In recent years, concerts have been given by noted local musicians to celebrate the restoration of the parish’s 1924 Steinway piano, and international touring artists who helped celebrate the completion of the John-Paul Buzard, Opus 42 pipe organ.
The Friends of Music is a group of parishioners and non-parishioners who donate funds to enable this series, provide in-kind gifts for receptions, or assist with set-up or clean-up for an event. At times, these Friends of Music might also assist in hosting the artist, or artists.
Please visit our online giving page here to make a financial contribution to the series, or contact the Music Minister (see below) to inquire about assisting with events on the series.
2019 Concert Season
Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Nathan Laube is considered to be one of the best organists of our time. Audiences, colleagues and the critics all praise him for his artistry. His technique stuns other organists. For the average listener, it’s a technique that brings music to life.
Nathan’s accomplishments are impressive for so young a person. He is Assistant Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music (one of the most respected organ departments in the world). He was chosen to give the first concert on the newly restored organ of Kings College, Cambridge University. He has toured extensively throughout the world, including performances at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. His CD Recording of Stephen Paulus’ Grand Concerto, with the Nashville Symphony received a Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium.
Nathan is represented by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc, and this concert is co-sponsored by the Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
2017-2018 Concert Season
Jacob Temple, Organist
Friday, June 1, 2018 at 7:30 P.M.
Jacob D Temple is a Roman Catholic musician from Northern Virginia currently living in the Richmond area. He services assistant music minister at Saint Bridget Catholic Church and has previously held a post as Director of Music Ministries for several parishes in the Pittsburgh area. Mr. Temple earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ and Sacred Music as well as a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance, both from Duquesne University. While serving as graduate assistant and studying under Dr. Ann Lebounsky and Benjamin Cornelius-Bates, he was awarded the Jean Langlais Award for Excellence in Sacred Music. He also earned a liturgical music scholarship from the national Association of pastoral musicians and a colleague certification from the American Guild of Organists.
This concert will feature a live feed from the organ loft so his performance can be seen as well as heard.
Isabelle Demers, organist.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:30 P.M.,
With playing described as having “bracing virtuosity” (Chicago Classical Review), Isabelle Demers has enraptured listeners around the globe for her spell-binding performances. A native of Québec and a graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Demers is Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas. She is in continual demand with numerous invitations to perform at conventions by the American Guild of Organists and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. In the summer of 2016 she was a featured recitalist at the AGO’s national convention in Houston and appeared in solo recitals in Canada, Germany, Great Britain, and China. Her critically acclaimed recordings on the Acis and the ProOrgano labels have been heralded as “expressive…profound and searching” (RSCM’s Church Music Quarterly) and they, along with her live performances, have been featured on American Public Media’s PipeDreams and BBC Radio 3.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.: Thomas Ospital, organist. Thomas Ospital is Titulaire of the Grand Organ at St Eustache Church in Paris, and newly-appointed Organist in Residence at Maison de la Radio (Radio France Concert Hall), Thomas Ospital is a young artist who has quickly earned a place amongst the world’s finest concert organists. A laureate of several competitions, he was awarded First Prize at the 2009 International Competition of Organ in Saragossa, Spain, the Durufle-Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2012 International Chartres Competition. Mr. Ospital is equally at home performing as a solo recitalist or with choir or orchestra. He is also eager to perpetuate the art of improvisation in all of its forms, including the accompaniment of silent films. His performances have taken him throughout Europe, Russia and in North America. In 2012 he served for six months as Young Artist in Residence at the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France in New Orleans, USA. Born in 1990, Thomas Ospital began his musical studies at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Bayonne, France, completing his studies with Esteban Landart in 2008 (Mention Très bien à l’unanimité). From 2008 until 2015 he was a student at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris where he earned five First Place prizes in organ, improvisation, harmony, counterpoint and fugue. His teachers at the Paris Conservatoire included Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre, László Fassang, Isabelle Duha, Pierre Pincemaille and Jean-François Zygel. Mr. Ospital currently serves as Titular Organist of the largest pipe organ in France; the Grand Organ at St. Eustache in Paris. He took up the post in 2015 when he succeeded Jean Guillou. Mr. Ospital is also the newly-appointed Organist in Residence at the Maison de la Radio (Radio France) where he presides over the new concert hall organ built by Grenzing.
Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7:30 P.M., Allen Bean, organist. has been Music Minister of Saint Bridget Church since 2005. He has led the Parish Girl & Boy Choirs in concerts at the Kennedy Center and at Lincoln Center, overseen the restoration of the church’s Steinway piano, and the completion of the Buzard, Opus 42 pipe organ. Before coming to Saint Bridget, Allen was Director of Music & Youth Ministry at Good Shepherd Episcopal in Richmond, and Organist & Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal in Vero Beach, Florida. Allen holds degrees from the University of Tennessee and Yale University. He was a 1982-83 International Exchange Scholar to Manchester University, UK. He has held offices with the Richmond American Guild of Organists, the Leadership Program for Musicians, and been President of the Museum District Neighborhood Association, and Vice President of the Yale Club of Richmond.
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:30 P.M., Virelai Quartet: Marian Anthems & Monteverdi. A concert of works paying tribute to Mary, Mother of God, featuring motets by Victoria, Palestrina, and Poulenc, followed by a full performance of Monteverdi's Messa a quattro voci da capella.
Virelai Quartet began as an idea for four friends, from diverse backgrounds, to get together and sing unaccompanied vocal music. As the group steadily worked toward a unified sound, they built a repertoire list including works from the most prominent composers of the Renaissance, from sacred motets to secular madrigals and chansons. What started as a pastime has become a focused mission to share vocal music with an ever-growing audience. The quartet is expanding its repertoire to include German Romantic works and accompanied chamber music of Bach and Mozart for future performances. These four singers are driven to explore and test the limits of what a vocal quartet can do with material spanning six centuries.
Contact Allen Bean at email@example.com, or by calling (804) 282-9511, for more information.
2016-2017 Concert Season
A Gift of Music to the Richmond Community, all concerts are free, though donations are gratefully accepted.
Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:30 P.M: Allen Bean, Organist. Our Music Minister gives a concert as a gift to the parish and the community. His program will show off the many colors of the John-Paul Buzard, Opus 42 pipe organ through the music of Bach, Buxtehude, Saint-Saens, and other great composers.
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.: Chamber Choir Concert, William Buckley, Director. William Buckley, our Assistant Music Minister leads a concert of great sacred choral music.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.: Rachel Laurin, Organist. Rachel Laurin has been Associate Organist of St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, and Titular Organist at Notre Dame Cathedral, Ottawa. A highly regarded international performer, she is also highly regarded as a composer and improviser.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 3:30 P.M.: Mark Laubach, Organist: Mark Laubach holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music of Rochester University. He was the winner of the First Prize in the American Guild of Organists 1984 Young Artists’ Competition. He has performed extensively in the United States and England, lectured at many conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and is respected as a superb liturgical musician.
This concert is given during the 2017 Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists. Saint Bridget is proud that our John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ is being featured during this gathering.
Coming: 2017-2018 Concert Season
2015 - 2016 Concert Season
A Gift of Music to the Richmond Community, all concerts are free, though donations are gratefully accepted.
Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:30 P.M: Allen Bean, Organist. Our Music Minister gives a concert as a gift to the parish and the community. His program will show off the many colors of the John-Paul Buzard, Opus 42 pipe organ.
Friday, January 29, 2016 at 7:30 P.M.: Daniel Stipe, Organist. Richmond’s own virtuoso organist gives a concert in support of the LPM program of Virginia.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:30 P.M.: Daniel Roth, Organist of St. Sulpice, Paris, and International Organ Concert Artist. This will be the first concert given on the Buzard, Opus 42 organ by a European organist. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear this great concert.
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7:30 P.M.: VCU Artistic Ambassodors to Colombia, VCU’s Brass Quintet that will visit Cartagena in the spring. This concert will feature a quintet of VCU brass students who will visit Colombia at the end of this academic year.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:30 P.M.: Hymn Festival led by The Saint Bridget Choirs. Find inspiration through singing along with, and hearing our Adult and Girl & Boy Choirs.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:30 P.M.: Russell Weismann, Organist. Russell is currently the Director of Music at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish in Bethesda, Maryland. His previous professional experience includes serving as Associate Director of Music at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Director of Music and Liturgy and Adjunct Professor of Sacred Music at Georgetown University, University Chapel Organist and Teaching Fellow at Yale University and Associate Music Director at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA.
Contact Allen Bean (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.