May 30, 2018
Writer: Don Sparhawk
Organist Richard Elliott will perform Wednesday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. on the Ruffatti organ in the Barrus Concert Hall at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.
Elliott is principal organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. As part of his duties, he participates in the daily recital series on the 206-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ and accompanies the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the choir’s weekly radio and TV broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.”
The program will include Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1” and Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D Major, as well as “Variations on a Noel” by Marcel Dupré. Elliott will also play John Weaver’s setting of “For All the Saints,” which incorporates “When the Saints Go Marching In.” The program will end with the chorale fantasy on “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star” by the German composer Max Reger.
As accompanist for the Tabernacle Choir, Elliott 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.”
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. He is a published composer and arranger of music for organ and for choir.
Prior to his appointment as a Tabernacle organist in 1991, he was an assistant professor of organ at Brigham Young University.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Elliott received his early musical training at the Peabody Institute 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.
Tickets for the Center Stage Performing Arts Series show are $8 for the general public and $4 for BYU-Idaho students.