Friday, February 17, 2023 at the BU CFA Concert Hall
John Black conducts the auditioned Boston University Singers in a program featuring Schumann songs, folk song settings of Ralph Vaughan Williams, opera choruses, and contemporary works for four-part treble voices and instrumentalists. This recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting.
Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, 2023
John Black performs on the four-manual, two-hundred stop organ of Grace Church as the Providence Singers present the Duruflé Requiem and Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb” conducted by Christine Noel and joined by the Aurea Ensemble. The program also includes several shorter works for which Black will perform with the Singers as pianist.
Mahler, Symphony No. 2 in C Minor “Resurrection”
Saturday, April 1, 2023 at Symphony Hall, Boston
The BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus perform Mahler’s “Resurrection” symphony at Boston’s Symphony Hall under Maestro James Burton. John Black joins the orchestra on the famous Foley-Baker organ and serves as assistant conductor of the chorus.
October 30, 2022, 3:00pm at Grace Church, Providence, RI
Join the Providence Singers and professional orchestra for a performance of The Creation, Joseph Haydn’s choral masterwork. Soloists: Maggie Finnegan, soprano; Brad Kleyla and Travis Benoit, tenors; Nicholas Laroche, baritone. Christine Noel conducts. John Black is assistant conductor and will perform at the replica Anton Walter fortepiano.
December 4, 2022, 3:00pm
John Black appears as harpsichordist for Handel’s Messiah with the RI Civic Chorale and professional orchestra.
Boston University Singers
Saturday, October 15, 2022, 7:30 p.m. at the BU CFA Concert Hall
John Black will conduct the Paul Hindemith 6 Chansons for a cappella mixed chorus as the Boston University Singers mixed and treble choirs perform works by Biebl, Perucona, Elgar, Finzi, Gjeilo, Rahman, Shan-Hua, Davidson, Robinovitch, and Ramsey conducted by Dr. Mariah Wilson. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, November 20 at the BU CFA Concert Hall
The Boston University Symphonic Chorus performs an exciting program of famous opera choruses, conducted by Dr. Mariah Wilson and assistant conductor John Black. Works of Verdi, Puccini, Handel, Smyth, and others.
Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Greenwood Church, Warwick, RI
John Black conducts the Greenwood Concert Choir, Greenwood’s Youth and Handbell choirs, and the professional Greenwood Choral Scholars in an hour-long program of carols and choral masterworks celebrating the Christmas season.
Carillon Women’s Chorus
Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Greenwood Church, Warwick, RI
John Black conducts the auditioned, four-part Carillon Women’s Chorus in an hour-long program of seasonal favorites. The chorus will be joined by the Greenwich Bay Brass ensemble, which will perform several holiday brass selections and accompany a carol singalong.
RI Children’s Chorus and High School Honor Choir
Saturdays, December 10 & 17, 2022 at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul, Providence, RI
John Black appears as organist and pianist with the RI Children’s Chorus and High School Honor Choir conducted by Dr. Christine Noel. Seasonal favorites and a variety of choral works will be performed by the auditioned choirs of students from elementary through high school, accompanied by the largest mechanical action organ in North America.
Sunday, July 31, 2022, 2:00 p.m. at Greenwood Church, Warwick, RI
John Black performs the dedication recital for the two-manual Zuckermann harpsichord of Greenwood Church, in memory of benefactors David and Nancy Dickerman. The program includes classical works of Baroque Germany and France for harpsichord, soprano solo, violin, and flute. The builder of the instrument, Dr. Paul Abrahams, will be present as the instrument is demonstrated to the congregation. Admission is free.
ORGAN RECITAL: Marsh Chapel, Boston University
Monday, April 25, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
John Black performs works of Bach, Duruflé, Gigout, and Vierne on the Casavant Opus 2000 organ of Marsh Chapel at Boston University. The hour-long program includes some of the most difficult pieces in the organ repertoire, including the Bach F Major Toccata and Fugue and the Duruflé Toccata. The recital is free and open to the public, offered in-person only.
Click here for more information on the pipe organ of Marsh Chapel: https://www.bu.edu/chapel/music/organs/.
RICC Chamber Chorus
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 4:00 p.m.
The Chamber Chorus offers advanced training in vocal technique and musicianship for sopranos and altos. The repertoire includes challenging works (in three- and four-part harmony) in multiple languages from different periods in music history. This advanced women’s chorus serves as the touring choir for special events and invitational concerts.
RI Civic Chorale & Orchestra
Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
A brilliant program built around Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, featuring American composers and Rhode Island premieres of works such as Nature Has a Thousand Choirs and Soft Blink of Amber Light.
John Black joins the orchestra as pianist for Appalachian Spring, Michael Foumai’s Concerto Grosso, and a suite by Libby Larsen.
The Greenwood Concert Choir
Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
John Black conducts the Greenwood Concert Choir in an afternoon of festival hymns and choral works celebrating the resurrection. Enjoy grand, joyful settings of favorite hymns and special offerings from Greenwood’s Handbell Choir, Youth Choir, and instrumentalists. Free admission; freewill offering collected.
In person ONLY. Video recording available upon request by emailing email@example.com.
Providence Singers: Broadway Favorites
Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
Join the Providence Singers for a Sunday afternoon concert of Broadway favorites. Selections from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, West Side Story, and more. Soloists include internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Kevin Deas and tenor Brad Kleyla. The Singers will be joined by dancers from the State Ballet of Rhode Island.
John Black will perform at the piano with the Singers. The program includes the debut of his arrangement of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Music of the Night” for SATB choir and baritone soloist.
A Festival of Carols
Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
The Greenwood Concert Choir presents an afternoon of carols accompanied by the Greenwich Bay Brass ensemble. Enjoy grand, joyful settings of favorite Christmas hymns and special offerings from our Handbell Choir, Youth Choir, and instrumentalists. Admission free; freewill offering collected. In person ONLY. Video recording available upon request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul: Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
The German Requiem of Johannes Brahms contains some of the most beautiful and beloved melodies in choral music. “How Lovely is They Dwelling Place,” perhaps the most familiar movement, captures the sense of peace and comfort that is at the heart of this work.
The Requiem will be performed by the Providence Singers, accompanied by John Black on the Cathedral’s four-manual Casavant mechanical action organ. Dr. Christine Noel conducting. Baritone and soprano soloists to be announced.
The concert is free, but please register now to reserve your seat: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brahms-requiem-tickets-158637351589
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT: Schumann and Friends
Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of German Romantic masterworks for string quartet, piano, and soloists. Featuring Schumann’s thrilling Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Brahms lieder for soprano voice, and other exciting works for string quartet and soloists. FREE admission; freewill offering collected for Greenwood’s ministry of music.
Cathedral of the Holy Cross: 145th Anniversary Organ Fundraiser
BOSTON — The Cathedral of the Holy Cross celebrates the 145th year since the dedication of its principal organ, the 101-rank E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings opus 801, on February 23, 1876.
To honor the instrument’s birthday, several of New England’s notable organists will perform variety of works by on the historic pipe organ of 5,318 pipes.
Performers include Dr. Bridgette Wargovich, Corpus Christi Parish, Leo Abbott, Cathedral Director Emeritus, Maks Adach, Associate Director of St. Paul’s Choir School, John Black, Director of Music, Greenwood Church, and Richard J. Clark, Director of Music of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with Richard Kelley, trumpet.
Works by Dupré, Vierne, Pott, Reger, and Clark
SOLO RECITAL: First Presbyterian Church, Pompano Beach
Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
John Black performs works of Bach, Karg-Elert, Mendelssohn, and Reger on the four manual 1960 Schantz organ of the First Presbyterian Church, Pompano Beach, Florida – “The Pink Church.” Experience powerful expressions of grandeur and beloved familiar melodies.
Click here for more information on the pipe organs of the Pink Church: https://www.thepinkchurch.org/pipe-organs/
SOLO RECITAL: Cathedral of the Holy Cross
John Black performs a recital of German Romantic organ works on the 1877 Hook and Hastings organ of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston.
SOLO RECITAL: Nun Danket Alle Gott
Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
Greenwood Church – 805 Main Avenue, Warwick , RI
John Black performs works of Bach, Karg-Elert, Mendelssohn, and Reger. Experience powerful expressions of grandeur and beloved familiar melodies. Free admission; freewill offering collected to benefit Greenwood’s ministry of music.