First Classical Guitar Recital at Deerfield Presbyterian

Sunday, February 9th at 4:00PM


Featuring classical guitarist Gideon Whitehead, currently a graduate student at the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Noted by Cleveland Classical for his ability to “bring out subtle inner details” and to “communicate directly with the listener”, Gideon Whitehead is quickly establishing himself as an outstanding and captivating artist.

In June 2013, he celebrated the release of his debut album Russian Romance featuring rarely-played classical guitar music from Russia. In 2012, he made his New York City debut in a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a chamber musician, Gideon has had the honor of collaborating on numerous occasions with world-renowned violinist and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim, a previous performer at Deerfield Presbyterian. Since beginning his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012, Gideon has premiered two works for guitar and string quartet, along with works for solo guitar, guitar and violin, and a song cycle for soprano and guitar.

In addition, he has appeared in chamber music performances for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, the Stars in the Classics series in Cleveland, Ohio, and at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. Gideon holds a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and will complete his Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music in May, 2014. His current teachers are renowned guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin, and he has performed in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Christopher Parkening, Lorenzo Micheli, and Marcin Dylla among others.

There is no admission charge for the recital; a freewill offering will be gratefully received. The recital will be followed by a “Meet the Artists” reception. For more information call (856) 455 1222

Opera Rising Stars to Sing Christmas Recital

Sunday, December 1st at 7:00PM

David Y. Koh and baritone Michael Adams will make their first appearance at Deerfield in a varied program of favorite Christmas arias, songs and carols for the popular Annual Christmas Recital. They will be accompanied by pianist Evelyn R. Larter, the church’s Director of Music.


David Koh

David (Young Shik) Koh was born in Busan, Korea and moved to Southern California with his family two days after his 6th birthday. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in music. A year after he joined the work force, David realized that his love of classical music was too strong to ignore and he enrolled in Temple University’s Music Therapy program where he met voice teacher Philip Cho. With Dr. Cho’s urging, David changed his career path one last time and officially began his operatic career. David has sung with Opera Philadelphia, Opera New Jersey, Center City Opera Company, Opera Lancaster, Aspen Music Festival and School, Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra, Delaware Choral Society, and The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, among several others. He is also an original member of the choral group, Soli Deo. Soli Deo performs concerts throughout the mid-Atlantic region for Korean-American communities. David is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Temple University.


Michael Adams

An outstanding vocalist with diverse instrumental abilities, Michael Adams’ development of musical aptitudes was a “family affair”. His father, Robert Adams, is a classically trained dramatic bass-baritone and his mother, Pam, currently is a professional flutist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Michael completed his undergraduate in voice in May at Texas Christian University and moved to Philadelphia to study at the Academy of Vocal Arts, where he recently made his debut as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. In 2011, Michael was the baritone Young Artist Apprentice of the Fort Worth Opera. In 2013, he performed Don Giovanni at Texas Christian University then made his professional debut with Fort Worth Opera as The Lackey in “Ariadne Auf Naxos,” The Corporal in “The Daughter of the Regiment,” and Josh in “The Summer King” in Fort Worth Opera’s new Frontiers project followed by the title role of Eugene Onegin last summer at the Seagle Music Colony.

There is no admission charge for the recital; a freewill offering will be gratefully received. The recital will be followed by a “Meet the Artists” reception. For more information call (856) 455 1222

Israeli Cellist to Begin New Recital Series

Friday, September 27th at 7:30pm

The first recital in the new season at Deerfield Presbyterian will feature Israeli cellist, Michael Katz, in his first appearance in the area. Accompanying him on the piano will be a Canadian pianist, Benjamin Harding, previously a solo recitalist at Deerfield.

Michael Katz

Michael Katz

Born in Tel-Aviv Israel, Mr. Katz began his cello studies at age 7. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory and his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York City. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree at SUNY Stony Brook as a student of Colin Carr. Described by the press as “outstanding” and “warm-toned,” Mr Katz has appeared worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed at music festivals such as Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Sarasota, Orford, Kfar Bloom and others and has presented recitals in various venues in the U.S, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Israel. Mr. Katz has performed concertos by Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn and Shostakovich with such notable conductors as James DePriest, David Stern and Menachem Nebenhaus. Winner of all three prizes at the 2011 Aviv Competition, he has also won first prizes in the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Turjeman Competition and the Israeli Conservatory Scholarship Competition, and was a recipient of scholarships from the America Israel Cultural Foundation and the Ronen Foundation.

Dr. Benjamin Harding

Dr. Harding

Dr. Benjamin Harding is Associate Professor of Music at Cairn University, Langhorne, PA, and since 2008 has been Music Director of Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Newark, DE. His undergraduate studies were with Samuel Hsu at Cairn University, followed by a Master’s Degree and Professional Studies Certificate in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Nina Svetlanova. His Doctor of Musical Arts Degree is from the University of Maryland. His performance schedule has recently taken him to Paris, New York and CBC radio in Canada.

The program will include works by Bach, Beethoven and Manuel Da Falla. This is the twelfth year of the popular recitals at Deerfield Presbyterian Church, where prestigious artists perform for an appreciative audience from Salem and Cumberland Counties and beyond. There is no admission charge; a freewill offering will be received. The recital will be followed by a “Meet the Artists” reception.

For more information call (856) 455-1222