Artist Series welcomes David Briggs

David Briggs

WILMORE, KY—The Asbury College Artist Series welcomes David Briggs for a performance on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium.

Briggs is the organist emeritus of Gloucester Cathedral, where he directed for eight years, and is one of the foremost concert organists of his generation. He has built a reputation as an exciting performer and communicator with particular emphases on orchestral transcriptions and the art of improvisation.

For the Nov. 2 presentation at Asbury College, Briggs will improvise as the silent movie, The Phantom of the Opera, is shown. The 1924 film based on Gaston Leroux’s novel is cited as one of the greatest thrillers of all time.

Briggs enjoys a worldwide touring schedule with more than 50 concerts each year. He studied organ with Jean Langlais in Paris and was the first British winner of the Tournemire Prize at the St. Albans International Improvisation Competition. He won first prize in the International Improvisation Competition at Paisley. At 17 he obtained his Fellow of the Royal College of Organists diploma, winning the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Briggs regularly gives master classes at Oxford, Cambridge and the Royal Northern College of Music. Beginning with his powerful transcription of Mahler 5 in 1998, his compilation of organ transcriptions of orchestral symphonies has grown to include Schubert 8, Tchaikovsky 4, Bruckner 7 and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe. In November 2007, Mahler 6 premiers in New York City, followed by a premiere in Germany in June 2008.

For more information about this performance, please contact Faye Montgomery at 859-858-3511, ext. 2250.

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