One of the world’s most sought-after young organists will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, courtesy of the Friends of Chamber Music.
Christian Schmitt will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station. Prior to Schmitt’s concert, the College Station High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Michael Dixon will give a miniconcert from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Schmitt will play some of the most famous compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Arvo Pärt, César Franck, Charles-Marie Widor and Franz Liszt.
Schmitt made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and at the Salzburg Festival. Since then, he has toured the world.
Schmitt has made some 40 recordings, including two CDs for a Bach project and an album of organ and vocal works with soprano Magdalena Kozená.
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Schmitt is a passionate educator who lectures at universities around the globe and, since 2021, has been professor of organ at Codarts University Rotterdam.
According to a Friends of Chamber Music press release, “Invited by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Schmitt debuted at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2020. Since then, the brightest highlights of his career included Schmitt’s performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim and his new recording of Hindemith’s Chamber Music No. 7 with conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
“This season, he debuts at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and, in a solo recital, at Meyerson Symphony Center presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.”
Following Schmitt’s concert, members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask him questions in a short artist forum in the A&M Methodist sanctuary.
For patrons who cannot attend the concert, it will be available online at the time of the concert. Registration for the streaming performance is by registration at fcmtx.org.