A cherished member of the Eastman School of Music organ community, David Craighead, died last March, and on Friday, February 1, the ESM Organ Department is presenting a two-location memorial concert in his honor. The first program will be held at Christ Church at 6 p.m. on the Craighead-Saunders organ, which was constructed based upon a 1776 model by Adam Gottlob Casparini. The second program will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (8 p.m.) on the 1927 E.M. Skinner organ. Organists from all over the country are scheduled to perform, including Dean Billmeyer, Mel Butler, Susan Ferré, William Trafka, David Mulbury, and Cindy Lindeen-Martin. Speakers will also offer reflections upon Craighead's career at ESM (spanning 1955-1992) and his roles as an international organist, pedagogue, and church musician.
Christ Church is located at 141 East Ave., St. Paul's Episcopal Church is at 25 Westminster Road. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Craighead Scholarship Fund at the Eastman School of Music. Call 271-6513 ext. 109 for info or visit esm.rochester.edu.