David Briggs
David Briggs

David Briggs in Concert #1912

…the talented British recitalist presents a program of transcriptions, plus an improvisation, at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia.

Hour 1

J.S. BACH (trans. Briggs): Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068. PAUL DUKAS (trans. Briggs): The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. DAVID BRIGGS: Fantasy on Le Cloche de la Liberté (after John Philip Sousa).

Filler – BACH: Overture, fr Orchestral Suite No. 3 (see above)

Hour 2

WILLIAM WALTON: Popular Song, fr Façade. PERCY WHITLOCK: Scherzetto, fr Organ SonataDavid Briggs (1962 Klais/Himmerod Abbey, Germany) Chestnut Music 007

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (trans. Briggs): Symphony No. 4 in f, Op. 36. Briggs has recorded his Tchaikovsky transcription on the J. W. Walker organ at Blackburn Cathedral in England (Chestnut Music 003).

Filler – BACH: Air, from Orchestral Suite No. 3 (see above)

David Briggs plays the 88-stop Fred J. Cooper Memorial Pipe Organ (Dobson Opus 76) at the Kimmel Center (r. 4/10/14). Mr. Briggs, who seems to be in perpetual motion as a travelling soloist, appears in four venues in Minnesota in early April 2019, at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France and the Cathedral of St. Paul in Saint Paul (Tuesday, April 2); Boe Chapel at St. Olaf College, Northfield (Friday, April 5); and Christ Chapel at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter (Tuesday, April 9), including master-class workshops on both college campuses.

Upcoming Kimmel Center concerts featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ include appearances by Nathan Laube (March 31); Alan Morrison with modern dance, “From Hell to Paradise” (April 20); Aaron David Miller with Manual Cinema, “ADA/AVA” (May 18); Joey DeFrancesco with the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (June 1); and Philadelphia Organ Day (June 15, morning and afternoon).