Friday, May 12, 2017; 6:00p
Our Annual Meeting and Dinner begins at 6:00 at the Albany Pump Station. A prix fixe meal will be served and a brief business meeting will take place.
Following our dinner, at 7:30, we will go across the street to First Church where we will be treated to a recital by Berry van Berkum.
Berry van Berkum (1960) studied the organ, improvisation and piano at the Arnhem Conservatory with Bert Matter and Jacques Hendriks respectively. He participated in masterclasses with Harald Vogel (D) and Louis Thiry (F), and pursued his improvisation studies with Bert van den Brink and Jan Welmers, and composition with Andries van Rossem and Klaas de Vries. Berry van Berkum was a prizewinner at international organ competitions, including the Dollard Festival (BRD), and has recorded music by Messiaen, Welmers , Bach and others for radio and CD. He is a well known solo player and (jazz) improviser in the Netherlands and abroad. He recorded in 2016 with the trio”HOT” the CD Bird & Beyond (www.hetorgeltrio.nl), this CD becomes very enthusiastic reviews in the Netherlands and abroad. He was appointed organist of the church of Antonius van Padua in Nijmegen in 1990 and is since may 2011 organist of the Nicolaïchurch in Utrecht.
This recital is in celebration of the 375th Anniversary of the founding of First Church in Albany.