Duo concert organists Raymond and Elizabeth Chenault, organists emeriti of All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta, will present a recital Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel on the campus of Furman University.
The concluding concert of the 2018-19 Hartness Organ Series, the event is free and open to the public.
The performance features the Hartness Organ, a three-keyboard, 42-stop instrument built in 2003 by C.B. Fisk organ builders of Gloucester, Massachusetts.
The Chenault Duo’s program features works for two organists at one organ console–duets which they commissioned and premiered. Included on the program are pieces by Frenchman Gaston Litaize; Englishmen Richard Shephard, Philip Moore, and David Briggs; American composers Charles Callahan, Gerre Hancock, and Nicholas White; and the duo’s own arrangement of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera.”
Exclusively performing music written for four hands-four feet-one pipe organ console, the Chenaults have commissioned, premiered and recorded over 60 organ duets. For their renowned artistry they earned the moniker of “The World’s Premiere Duo-Organ Team” from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Chenault’s duet career began in 1979 when Arthur Wills of England’s Ely Cathedral composed “Toccata for Two” for the virtuosos. The Chenaults subsequently commissioned duets, in a wide range of compositional styles, from over 25 U.S. and European composers and have themselves arranged several organ duets, including Christmas carols and Wagner arias.
From 1975 to 2018, they served as Organists and Choirmasters of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta, and upon their retirement, were named Organists and Choirmasters Emeriti by the church. They also taught choral music at The Lovett School in Atlanta for 31 years.
Furman’s Hartness Organ Series is named in honor of the late Tom and Edna Hartness, longtime supporters and Furman University benefactors, whose 1998 bequest made possible Daniel Chapel’s Fisk pipe organ.
Learn more about The Chenault Duo. Or contact the Furman music office at 864-294-2086 and FurmanMusic@furman.edu.