Organist of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in recital
Friday January 5 | 8 pm
Simon Johnson plays Edward Elgar’s incomparable Organ Sonata, with music of J.S. Bach and Jean Langlais, on the magnificent E.M. Skinner organ.
Simon Johnson is the organist and assistant director of music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he plays for the daily round of services as well as for events of national and historic importance. Most recently, he has played for worldwide audiences on the occasions of Her Majesty the Queen’s diamond jubilee and her 90th birthday. He performs as soloist and continuo for Britain’s premier orchestras, and regularly plays solo recitals throughout Europe and in the United States. He was also the organist on the Oscar and Grammy-winning soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel. He was the recipient of the Baker, Harding, and Durrant prizes at the Royal College of Organists, from which he graduated in 2001. Tickets for this concert are $10 at the door, free to students.
Boston Camerata: The Play of Daniel
Sunday January 21 | 2 pm
A Medieval Masterpiece Revisited
The Play of Daniel is a powerful medieval mystery play composed eight centuries ago in Beauvais, France. Under Anne Azéma’s direction (music and staging), this ambitious production combines old and new, bringing together music and movement, theater and liturgy, light and shadow, to retell the biblical story of the young prophet for today’s audiences. With the Rockefeller Chapel Choir, directed by James Kallembach, and the trebles of St. Luke’s, Evanston, directed by Andrew Lewis. Tickets $39, students $11, under-18s $1, at tickets.uchicago.edu.