The Needham Concert Society will present its third concert of the 2013 season with a concert played by BSO members Cynthia Meyers, flute; Robert Sheena, oboe and English horn; and James David Christie, organ.
The concert will be held at the First Congregational Church, 1154 Great Plain Avenue in Needham on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m., according to a press release. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors; students are free.
The program will include music of Bach, Vivaldi, Bohm, Berg, Alain and others and will include some of Christie's own arrangements of music for organ, oboe and flute.
Cynthia Meyers joined the Boston Symphony as piccolo in the autumn of 2006. Before coming to Boston, she served as the principal piccolo of the Houston Symphony and was the former principal flutist of the Omaha Symphony. A native of Somerset, Pennsylvania, she began playing the piano at age 3, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Carnegie-Mellon University and finished her Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Jeffrey Khaner, principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She took an interest in playing the piccolo while in Cleveland, and continued study solely on that instrument with William Hebert, of the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition to playing with the Symphony and teaching privately, Ms. Meyers has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival with colleagues from other major orchestras around the country. She has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony.
Robert Sheena has been the principal English horn player for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops since 1994. He is also on the faculty of Boston University, Boston Conservatory, and Longy School. Prior to his appointment in Boston, Sheena played with the Chicago Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the San Antonio Symphony. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of California and Berkeley and his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University.
James David Christie has been internationally acclaimed as one of the finest organist of his generation. He has performed and recorded around the world with major symphony orchestras and period instrument ensembles as well as in solo recitals. He was the 1979 Fist Prize winner of the Bruges (Belgium) International Organ Competition and the first American ever to win First Prize and the Prize of the audience in this prestigious competition. Christie has been organist of the Boston Symphony since 1978 and has given over fifty tours of Europe in addition to regular tours of Canada, Asia, Australia and Iceland. He has recorded on the Decca, Philips, Nonesuch, Denon and Naxos labels, among others. He holds positions s the Distinguished Artist in Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, Chair and Professor or Organ at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and serves as College Organist at Wellesley College.
The First Congregational Church of Needham is handicapped-accessible. Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved by calling the Needham Concert Society at 781-449-2138.