You are cordially invited to attend the Second Sunday Organ Recital Series at St. Mark’s, Berkeley on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Evensong will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by an organ recital offered by M. Brett Patterson.
Brett was born in Vancouver, Canada and began studying the piano at age five after his family moved to Salt Lake City, UT. Mr. Patterson was a founding chorister at the Madeleine Choir School in 1996. While at the Madeleine Choir School, Mr. Patterson was a soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on their 1996 international Thanksgiving television broadcast. For two years he served as Head Chorister at the Cathedral of the Madeleine and received the Bishop’s Award for Outstanding Chorister of the Year upon graduation from the Choir School. He began studying the organ at the age of eleven with Robert Ridgell and attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA for his undergraduate studies, where he was a student of Dr. Paul Tegels and was the David P. Dahl Organ Scholar. While at PLU, he regularly accompanied, and was a member of PLU’s two premier choirs: The University Chorale and The Choir of the West. He received his Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Dr. Gerre Hancock and Dr. Judith Hancock, formerly of St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York. In the summer of 2008, he studied the British cathedral choral tradition at King’s College and St. John’s College, Cambridge; Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey.
As an organ recitalist, Mr. Patterson has performed throughout the United States and Canada. He has sung on numerous recordings with the Madeleine Choir School, Pacific Lutheran University’s Choir of the West, and the University of Texas Chamber Singers. He has also served as Director of Music at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, TX; Holy Family Catholic Church in South Ogden, Utah; the Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier, Alexandria, Louisiana; Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, TX, and Director of Music at The Atonement Academy, one of three full-time Catholic choir schools in the United States; and St. Mary’s Cathedral, Colorado Springs, CO. Mr. Patterson regularly collaborates with two-time Grammy winner and former King’s Singer Paul Phoenix, award winning Broadway tenor Andrew Maughan, and others.
His program will include:
Praeludium in G Major, BWV 568 J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Corrente Italiana Juan Cabanille (1644-1712)
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 Bach
Evensong Healey Willan (1880-1968)
A Meditation on “Draw Us In the Spirit’s Tether” Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)
Suite Médiéval Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Improvisation M. Brett Patterson (b. 1985)
While there is no admission charge, a free-will offering is received. A reception follows in LIONS HALL.
Free parking is available in the parish garage at 2315 Ellsworth Street.