The current recital series at Deerfield Presbyterian Church, 530 Old Deerfield Pike,
will conclude on Sunday, May 5th at 4:00PM with an exciting program of
music for violin and organ given by Benjamin Shute and Evelyn R. Larter.
Benjamin Shute has performed internationally as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician on modern and period instruments. He has served as concertmaster of the Boston Chamber Orchestra and orchestras of the New England Conservatory and the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, also leading baroque ensembles at Harvard University, Boston University, the University of Delaware, and the New England Conservatory, whose Early Music Society he founded and directed until 2012. Currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at Dickinson College, he has made guest teaching appearances at Rutgers University, Bucknell University, the University of Delaware, and the Black Forest Academy, also serving on the faculty of summer festivals in the USA, Europe, and Asia. He holds a DMA from the New England Conservatory. Principal teachers include Rainer Kussmaul, first-concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Evelyn R. Larter is the Director of Music at Deerfield Presbyterian Church. She is an honors graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in concert piano and composition, and has collaborated with many internationally known musicians. She is a Colleague of The American Guild of Organists, and has served as Dean of the SouthWest Jersey Chapter for the last three years.
This is the first recital at Deerfield to feature a solo violinist with the organ, a notable Aeolian Skinner instrument. The program consists mostly of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, including several of his best-loved pieces, and some sacred selections. The recital will be followed by a “Meet the Artists” reception. There is no admission charge – a freewill offering will be received.