062619_MNS_organ_festival Ray Chenault Beth Chenault

Renowned local organists Ray and Beth Chenault have performed at venues throughout the United States and Europe.

The Atlanta Summer Organ Festival is coming back to Buckhead.

The annual event will take place June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, which will present organists Ray and Beth Chenault as the featured musicians.

The Chenaults have concertized extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Specializing in works written for two performers, they have commissioned, arranged and premiered over 50 organ duets, thereby making “organ music for four hands, four feet” synonymous with “The Chenaults.” Their program will be quite varied with duets by composers such as Litaize, Paulus, Moore Briggs and Hancock.

Callahan’s “Come Home” is based on the old Baptist hymn, “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling.” It will also feature two world premieres by two prominent composers, Rachel Laurin and Nicholas White. Laurin’s challenging duet, “Fantaisie a Deux,” is a virtuosic work displaying the many contrasting colors of the organ. White’s “A Spiritual Romp for Two” – based on three African-American Spirituals – is infused with jazz and blues harmony.

The festival was established in 1995 to help increase classical music performances in the summer and the church joined as a host in 2002. To this day, the event continues the tradition of offering a series of top venues for both established and talented rising your organists.

There is a $15 suggested donation, and a dessert reception will follow the performances.

The church is located at 3180 Peachtree Road in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-240-8212 or visit www.prumc.org/music.


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