Availability as a Musician
I am currently booked for Sundays through Christmas 2018. During May through October, I will be available in Maine as an organist or pianist. I will be available as an organist or pianist in Connecticut from mid-October 2019 through April 2019.
A sampler of Richard's recordings with some scores for sale!
(Setnor School of Music, Syracuse University, Frederick Marvin Memorial Concert, Sept. 2017)
- ⁃ John O'Brien (Jack, or Obie) was Liz's uncle, and he was a well known jazz pianist starting in the early days of the genre (early 1920s). Jack continued to play for several decades. He befriended the Harlam stride pianist Willie "the Lion" Smith, from whom he learned much about jazz piano style. I am indebted for Jack's love, and for all that he passed on to me, some of which I have now passed on to my students in various ways.
A few recordings Jack made in Germany in the late 1920s:
More Jack (family) recordings:
- ⁃ Booklet from the CD Americans in Europe (Jazz Oracle), including biographical material and some great photos from the 1920s!
Concordia Lutheran Church Windows
Several people have asked me about the windows at Concordia Lutheran Church, after remarking on them after services. So, I am posting a copy of the document that describes them in detail.
I always enjoyed seeing the light come in at different angles during the days and over the seasons. I notice that the dedication to the windows starts with the text:
“How lovely is thy dwelling place, 0 Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
We sang Johannes Brahms’ setting of that text from his German Requiem at the commerative vespers service in October 2017.