Summer 2024 Recital Series

Summer 2024 Recital Series

Plan to join us Sunday afternoons in July and August

All members of the church family, friends and community are invited to enjoy the artistry of professional guest musicians performing in our sanctuary.

Recital performances are scheduled for Sundays in July and August.

  • July 21, 2024: Pittsburgh Cello Quartet (5:00 pm)
  • July 28, 2024: Samuel J. Weiser, bass-baritone (4:00 pm)
  • August 4, 2024: Sarah Richards, soprano (4:00 pm)
  • August 11, 2024: Edward Alan Moore, organ (4:00 pm)
  • August 18, 2024: Benjamin Bugaile, composer (4:00 pm)

Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors, and invite them to enjoy some excellent musicianship in the comfort of our air-conditioned sanctuary this summer.

July 21, 2024:
THe Pittsburgh Cello Quartet

Recognized for both refinement and versatility, the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet engages audiences with its eclectic, memorable programming. Comprised of cellists from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the quartet explores the rich and varied catalog of original compositions for four cellos, complementing these works with transcriptions of Baroque masterpieces, Renaissance madrigals, and PCQ’s own arrangements of popular favorites from the Beatles and Billy Joel to U2 and Guns ’N Roses.

JUly 28:
Samuel J. Weiser

Praised for his “stentorian bass” voice, Samuel Weiser is quickly making a name for himself as a singer to watch. In the 2022-2023 season, Mr. Weiser made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Flemish Deputy 4 in Don Carlo and covered Waiter 4 in Der Rosenkavalier and Gretch in Giordano’s Fedora. He also made his company and role debut with Livermore Valley Opera as Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore and returned to Washington National Opera to sing Benoit / Alcindoro in La bohème. In the 2023-2024 season, Mr. Weiser made his return to the Metropolitan Opera covering Count Ribbing in Un ballo in maschera and Prison Guard 1 in Dead Man Walking. Mr. Weiser was afforded the opportunity to sing the role of Count Ribbing for the opening night of Un ballo in maschera at the Metropolitan Opera. Praised as “sonorous and sinister” (New York Classical Review), Mr. Weiser left quite the impression on the Met stage.

In 2022, he returned to Washington National Opera for a workshop of Jeanine Tesori and George Brant’s Grounded and made his highly lauded role and company debut as Alberich in Nashville Opera’s Das Rheingold, which was described by reviewers as “the standout performance” of the opera.

A recent graduate of the Cafritz Young Artist program, he has performed several roles with Washington National Opera including the title role in the world premiere of Nicolas Benavides and Marella Martin Koch’s Pepito, Sprecher and 2nd Armored Man in The Magic Flute, Marquis d’Obigny in La Traviata, Captain in Eugene Onegin, Jailer in Tosca, 2nd Philistine in Samson et Dalilah and Ox/Inkeeper/Shepherd in Jeanine Tesori and J.D. McClatchy’s The Lion, the Unicorn and Me. Mr. Weiser also joined the National Symphony Orchestra as the bass soloist for Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 and Act 1 of Puccini’s La bohème.

Mr. Weiser graduated cum laude B.S.Ed in Music Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and holds his M.M. Vocal Performance from Roosevelt University and Artist Diploma from Chicago Opera Theater.

August 11, 2024:
Edward Alan Moore

Edward Alan Moore, native of Girard, OH, is Organist/Music Director at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA. Previously he was a member of the organ faculty at The Catholic University of America Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in Washington, DC, Director of Music Ministries at The Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA, and Minister of Music at National City Christian Church in Washington, DC. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, studying organ with Michael Farris, improvisation with Gerre Hancock and Richard Erickson, and serving as research assistant for Professor Wm. A. Little.

As a recitalist, Dr. Moore was the first organist chosen to perform on the Millennium Stage concert series at the Kennedy Center in 2004. Other recitals include those at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, the Cathedral of Saint Philip in Atlanta, Princeton University Chapel, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI.

In the past decade Dr. Moore’s performance schedule included concerts at various locations in the Pittsburgh area and at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and the Riverside Church in New York City. As a choral accompanist, he was the featured organist with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, where his performance was described as “lucid and often glorious” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.