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Richard Elliott, Principal Organist of the Mormon Tabernacle to Play Recital at Bales Organ Recital Hall on Nov. 13

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

LAWRENCE - Richard Elliott, Principal Organist at the Mormon Tabernacle, will present an organ recital on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Bales Organ Recital Hall, located on the northwest corner of the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. The concert is open to the public and tickets are available through the Lied Center Ticket Office by calling 785-864-2787. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $12.00 for senior citizens. Students are free but must obtain a ticket.

Elliott will present a free, public master class on Saturday, November 14th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Elliott’s program will include works by Bach, Mozart, Guilain, and Franck.

About Richard Elliott

Richard Elliott is Principal Organist at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, where he participates in the daily recital series on the 206-rank Æolian-Skinner organ and accompanies the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the choir’s weekly radio and TV broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.”  As accompanist for the Tabernacle Choir, he has performed in many of the world’s great halls and appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including the NBC “Today Show,” the “CBS Morning Show,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Dr. Elliott appears on dozens of recordings and videos with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  In his work with the choir he has collaborated with many guest artists, including Andrea Bocelli, the Canadian Brass, Renée Fleming, Evelyn Glennie, the King’s Singers, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Charles Osgood, Robert Shaw, James Taylor, and Bryn Terfel.

In 1994 he recorded his first solo compact disc, titled In the Shadows of the Everlasting Hills, on the Pro Organo label.  His second solo CD on the Mormon Tabernacle organ, Every Time I Feel the Spirit, was released in the summer of 2009 on the Klavier label.  He has also recorded three compact discs in collaboration with his colleagues on the Tabernacle organ staff.  Dr. Elliott is a published composer and arranger of music for organ and for choir.

Prior to his appointment as a Tabernacle organist in 1991, Dr. Elliott was an assistant professor of organ at Brigham Young University.  He has performed extensively as a recitalist in the United States and Europe, and for several years was assistant organist at the John Wanamaker Department Store (now Macy’s) in Philadelphia, home to the world’s largest functioning pipe organ.  A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Elliott has been a featured performer at national and regional conventions of the guild.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Elliott received his early musical training at the Peabody Conservatory and the Catholic University of America.  He was awarded a BMus degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and MM and DMA degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  His organ teachers have included David Craighead, Dale Krider, William Watkins, and John Weaver.

Dr. Elliott is married to a professional pianist, Elizabeth Cox Ballantyne, and they are the parents of two sons.

For information on “Music and the Spoken Word” airings in your area, please call 1-800-247-6655 or visit www.musicandthespokenword.org.  The program is carried each week on BYU-TV DirecTV channel 374 and DISH (channel 9403) and on byutv.org.  Archived programs and selections can be viewed on the choir’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/MormonTabChoir).  For more information on the Choir, visit www.mormontabernaclechoir.org.



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