Date & Price
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Reserved Seating: $35
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $30*
Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
Internationally renowned organist David Briggs is currently artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, and is praised for his musicality, virtuosity, and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages. This performance features organ accompaniment to the classic American romantic silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923).
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More about David Briggs
With an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries, David Briggs is known across the globe for his brilliant organ transcriptions of symphonic music by composers such as Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Bruckner, Ravel, and Bach. Fascinated by the art of improvisation since he was a child, Briggs also frequently performs improvisations to silent films such as The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Nosferatu, Jeanne d’Arc, and Metropolis, as well as a variety of Charlie Chaplin films.
At the age of 17, Briggs obtained his Fellow of the Royal College of Organists diploma, winning all the prizes and the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. From 1981–84 he was the organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge University, during which time he studied organ with Jean Langlais in Paris. The first British winner of the Tournemire Prize at the St Albans International Improvisation Competition, he also won the first prize in the International Improvisation Competition at Paisley. Subsequently Briggs held positions at Hereford, Truro, and Gloucester Cathedrals. He was artist-in-residence at St. James Cathedral, Toronto, and is currently artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City.
Briggs’ schedule includes more than 60 concerts a year, spanning several continents. Deeply committed to making organ music vibrant for future generations, he enjoys giving pre-concert lectures designed to make organ music more accessible to audiences. In addition, he teaches at Cambridge (UK), frequently serves on international organ competition juries, and gives masterclasses at colleges and conservatories across the US and Europe.
Briggs is also a prolific composer and his works range from full scale oratorios to works for solo instruments. He has recorded a DVD and 30 CDs, many of which include his own compositions and transcriptions.
*Gardens Preferred & Gardens Premium Member Discount
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive 15% off 2018–2019 Performance Series tickets and receive access to the Member Pre-sale. If you are eligible, your discount code was provided to you via e-mail. Use the discount code to unlock your Membership pricing.
Enjoy a complimentary coffee reception with the artists after this performance.