McCall’s Free Community Recital Series
As the name reflects, this is a series of free monthly concerts held on the Second Sunday of each month at 6PM at the Congregational Church, located at 901 N. 1st St. in McCall Idaho. These performances are funded by the McCall Community Congregational Church (UCC), McCall Music Society, Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as donations from private patrons.
Beginning in 2016, a new series feature, “Educational Extras”, will provide patrons an opportunity to connect personally with the visiting artists. Look for details with each upcoming concert.
Tom Robin Harris grew up in Idaho and was a long-time Professor of Music at Augustana College in Illinois. His initial organ studies were with Richard Skyrm at the College of Idaho and Griffith Bratt at BSU. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Syracuse University and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan. Tom also studied at the North German Organ Academy near Bremen, Germany. In 1972, he was one of twenty organists selected to participate in the Grand Prix de Chartres – an international organ competition in France.Tom has performed at St. Thomas Church and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, the Library of Congress concert hall in Washington, D.C., select universities and colleges, and too many churches to count. In 1997, he recorded the Historical Harpsichord, a collection of pieces by Bach performed on a Flemish double harpsichord. He holds numerous awards and honors, including the Fulbright-Hays Award, and several ASCAP awards for composition. His harpsichord pieces have been performed around the world, most frequently in Japan. He served on the Board of Directors of McCall Music Society for many years.
Acknowledged for his rolling mellifluous baritone (Opera Today), Nicholas Davis is enjoying success both at home and internationally. In 2014, Mr. Davis became the first American to win first prize in the International Antonín Dvorák singing competition in both the junior and song categories. The 2015-2016 season saw Mr. Davis’ international debut in concert with the National Theatre Prague under the direction of maestro Libor Pešek. He was also hosted in recital at the American Center for the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. Nicholas made his Santa Fe Opera debut in the 2016 season as Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West and Gregorio in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. He returned to his home, Chicago, immediately thereafter to perform the role of King Mark in the Chicago Opera Theater production of Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé. In 2017, Mr. Davis will be heard as the bass soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Chicago Sinfonietta, as Happy in the Michigan Opera Theater production of La fanciulla del West, in Porgy and Bess with the Barkheimer International tour in Israel and Italy, and making a debut at the Glimmerglass Festival.
DR. PAUL A. AITKEN
Dr. Paul A. Aitken is the Director of Music & Worship Arts at Cathedral of the Rockies, Boise, where he oversees twenty ensembles, a year-round concert series, and a professional staff spanning both the downtown and the Amity campuses. The first ever winner of the ACDA Brock Student Composition Competition for his piece “Flanders Fields,” Aitken is sought after as both conductor and composer. He has been commissioned by organizations such as the American Guild of Organists, the State of Idaho, and the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale. Aitken made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 conducting his major work, with a choir of 200 and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Dr. Aitken holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the University of Oklahoma.
Katie Morell graduated from The College of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Vocal Performance Emphasis. She was a member of Opera Idaho’s Resident Company 2010-2012 and starred in various opera and musical theatre productions as: Belinda, Dido and Aeneas (The College of Idaho); Fiona, Brigadoon (Boise Music Week); Louisa, The Fantasticks (Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre); and Judy, White Christmas (Boise Little Theatre).
Tanya Hansen graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, studying with Jay Mauchley. She has accompanied choirs and soloists throughout Idaho and Utah, most recently accompanying the McCall Concert Singers. She has maintained a private teaching studio for the last 20 years sharing the love of piano with young artists.
April & May – No performances
December – Please plan to enjoy the McCall Music Society’s Christmas Traditions: A Community Carol-along with the McCall Concert Singers and Chamber Orchestra. Selections highlighting Christmas musical traditions. Check back for dates and details.