Please join us at National City Christian Church this Friday, February 24, at 12:15 p.m., for our free weekly Music at Midday. This week we are delighted to be welcoming Irvin Peterson and David Houston to perform a program for organ and saxophone.

In observance of Black History Month, this week’s concert is devoted mostly to works by African American composers or based on African American tunes:

  • Jubilate – Fela Sowande
  • Balm in Gilead – Lani Smith
  • Come Sunday – Duke Ellington
  • Improvisation on “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
  • Tableaux de Provence (IV. A sigh on the soul for the Alyscamps) – Paule Maurice
  • If I Can Help Somebody – Alma Bazel Androzzo
  • Oodles of Noodles – Jimmy Dorsey

After earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Irvin D. Peterson was accepted in 1997 into the saxophone section of The President’s Own United States Marine Band. After thirty years of active duty service, Mr. Peterson retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and continues to perform as a freelance instrumentalist, organist, teacher, and vocalist.

David Houston received a Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene College, then continued studies in organ, improvisation, choral conducting, and handbell ringing with Ann Labounsky, Gerre Hancock, David Castleberry, and Fred Gramann. In 2015 he completed a master’s degree in Lausanne, Switzerland, as a student of Jean-Christophe Geiser. David currently serves as Associate for Music and Liturgy at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in College Park, Maryland.

For those who are not able to join us in person, we will be recording the concert and will post it on the church’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

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