Organist Bradley Welch to play at Christ Church

BRADENTON — Concert organist Bradley Welch will give a recital 4 p.m Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The concert is free and open to the public. Welch’s program will be specifically planned to showcase Christ Church’s impressive Létourneau organ, now two years old, and one of the top instruments in the state. A reception will follow the recital.

Welch is one of America’s most talented young organists. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., he holds the bachelor of music degree magna cum laude from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he studied organ with Joyce Jones and piano with Jane Abbott-Kirk. After Baylor, Bradley continued his studies at Yale University where he studied with Thomas Murray and Martin Jean. He holds a master of music, artist diploma and master of musical arts degrees in organ performance from Yale. He is currently a candidate for a doctor of musical arts degree from Yale.

Welch was the winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition in 2003, where he was also awarded the Audience Prize for the second time, having also won it in 2000. In August 2005, he performed his European debut at Chartres Cathedral in France. He has appeared as soloist with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. With the DSO, he gave the world premiere of Stephen Paulus’ “Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra,” the piece written for Bradley as the winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition. He currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas.

In addition to these duties, he performs approximately 20 concerts annually.

Here in Bradenton, Orgues Létourneau Limitée of Canada developed the Opus 96, a 75-rank, 68-stop mechanical action pipe organ with exceptional specifications.

The organ was dedicated in February 2007.