Organist Benjamin Sheen to Perform at Calvary Episcopal Church
The Organ Artists Series (OAS) of Pittsburgh will present organist Benjamin Sheen in concert on Friday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., at Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside. The concert will be co-presented with Calvary Episcopal Church as the 2018 Donald C McVay Organ Recital.
Hailed as one of the United Kingdom’s brightest young organists, Mr. Sheen is an accomplished performer who won first prize at the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, as well as second prize at St. Alban’s International Organ Competition. He maintains a busy concert schedule, touring extensively across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Later this year, he will perform throughout South Africa and be a featured performer at the American Guild of Organists’ National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
Currently, Mr. Sheen serves as associate organist at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, in New York City. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the Juilliard School, and also is a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
Mr. Sheen will dazzle the audience with works by William Walton (1902–1983), Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), Jonathan Dove (b. 1959), Peter Planyavsky (b.1947), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1872–1943), Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877–1933), and Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975).
Built in 1905, Calvary Episcopal Church’s limestone walls and oak-clad, vaulted ceiling offer a warm acoustical setting. Calvary’s Casavant Frères Limite organ dates back to 1963, with modifications in 1991 and 2004. Today, it features 7,426 pipes and 137 ranks.
Tickets—available in advance or at the door—are $12. Student tickets are free with valid ID.
For more information or to pre-order tickets, visit www.organseries.com or call 412.242.2787.
Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh