Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich hosts Randall Atcheson

Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich, Inc. (RMA) welcomes Randall Atcheson, Minister of Music & Organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich to its next meeting Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Place, Greenwich.

On Nov. 16 Atcheson will give his thirteenth piano concert at Carnegie Hall. On Oct. 5 he will educate and entertain RMA members with some of those pieces on both organ and piano, accompanied with commentary.   

Atcheson has had a decidedly versatile career as a much-sought-after artist in the classics as well as in pop and the sacred repertoire.  Early in life he was recognized as a prodigy on both piano and organ.  He entered Samford University (AL) at age 12 then was accepted at The Juilliard School where he became the only student in the history of Juilliard ever allowed to pursue and receive simultaneous degrees in piano and organ performance.  Atcheson won the first Juilliard Organ Competition and subsequently gave the premiere performance on the new pipe organ in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

After his successful Carnegie Hall debut in 1991, he was added to the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists.  He has recorded a total of 16 albums featuring classical music as well as his unique arrangements of sacred music as featured on “Amazing Grace.”  His “Ivory Christmas” and “True Love” albums demonstrate his ability to present familiar songs in a lush, captivating style.  

An artist who frequently plays gospel concerts throughout the country, Atcheson was a featured guest on the nationally televised Gala of Stars from Radio City Music Hall, performed at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, appeared as guest soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, and also served as both orchestral conductor and soloist in performances of various Mozart concerti. His heavy concert schedule has taken him to five continents, including performances at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Blenheim Palace in England, Sydney in Australia,  Jerusalem in  Israel, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, El Salvador, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Italy.

Next week’s program: Lauren Elliott, Greenwich Tax Assessor,“The Hard Parts About Assessing Taxes.”

The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association offers a free program every Wednesday that is open to the public, both men and women; no reservations are required. Our social break starts at 10:40 followed promptly by speaker at 11. Programs are at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam in Greenwich. For additional information see greenwichrma.org or contact [email protected]

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