SUNTREE — Advent Lutheran Church will be filled with joyous companionship this Sunday as attendees join for an afternoon of pipe organ music as part of its concert series.
The new season will kick off with organ scholar Oliver Brett for a free performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the church, 7550 N. Wickham Road, Suntree.
“[Guests] can expect to hear a passionate, virtuosic performer who will engage the audience with music that spans the centuries, from the 17th to the 20th,” said Betty Jo Couch, Advent Lutheran Church Organist and Concert Series Coordinator.
Mr. Brett will play the works of composers Bach, Shumann, Durufle, Buxtehude, Widor and Willan, all while performing on the American-made A.E. Schleuter pipe organ of 36 ranks and 2,196 pipes.
“As a performer, I think the ultimate goal is to give the audience some kind of deeply moving experience,” Mr. Brett said. “That is what I look forward to attempting - to communicating the music powerfully enough to be able to leave the audience transformed by the experience.”
Mr. Brett, a native of the United Kingdom, has performed around the world. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in organ performance and a master’s degree in harpsichord performance at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
In 2017, Mr. Brett was awarded second prize and the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition.
“I started playing the piano,” Mr. Brett said. “At my primary school, there was a little chapel with a pipe organ inside. My piano teacher took me in to play it, and I was immediately hooked by its huge tonal possibilities and the sheer amount one person can do on a single musical instrument, as well as by the excitement of being able to play a keyboard with my feet.
“It transports me to a different world and when everything clicks, I really feel like I am living inside of the music and am experiencing it in quite an intimate way,” Mr. Brett continued. “It’s like a beautiful journey.”
Mr. Brett will be Advent Lutheran Church’s first solo concert of the season, with events coming up such as the annual “Advent Season Mini-Concerts,” performer Mark Miller in February, and “Rising Star” concert performer Amanda Mole.
“We are most looking forward to hearing Oliver matching his talents to the colors and sounds of our A.E. Schlueter pipe organ,” Mrs. Couch said. “After listening to some of his recordings and reading his biography and reviews, the committee enthusiastically issued an invitation.”
For more information, call (321) 426-9378 or visit www.adventbrevard.org.