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Oberlin Appointment

Dexter Kennedy has been appointed Guest Organ Teacher in Residence at Oberlin College and Conservatory for portions of the 2017 Fall Semester. He will assume the studio teaching duties of Professor and chair James David Christie.

Summer 2017 European Concert Tour

Dexter Kennedy has completed his 2017 Summer European Concert Tour. The tour was marked by 10 performances in 5 countries and included several historical important organs and venues. Among them included the 1880 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Orléans Cathedral, the 1960 Metzler in Zürich’s Grossmünster, and the world famous 1738 Christian Müller Organ in St. Bavokerk, Haarlem. The tour also featured Kennedy’s first concert appearances in Norway, where he performed three programs for the Bergen International Organ Festival. Midway through this tour, Kennedy traveled to England to join the Christ Church Grosse Pointe Schola in two, weekly choral residencies at Westminster Abbey and Salisbury Cathedral.

Bach en Bogotá

On June 10, 2017, Dexter Kennedy made his first concert appearance in South America in the Catédral Primada of Bogotá, Colombia. Kennedy was brought to Bogotá for the Bach en Bogotá Festival, an organized performance of Bach’s complete organ works heard in their entirety for the first time in Colombia’s history. The Bach works Kennedy was asked to perform were BWV’s 568, 563, 1085, 558, , 592, 543, 721, 727, 589, 591, and 547. The day before the recital, Kennedy offered a masterclass to local organ students in works of Mozart and Pachelbel. A press video of this performance can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr1x8OdymKI

 

Dexter Kennedy on Pipedreams

Dexter Kennedy was heard on the Pipedreams Radio Program (American Public Media) on the December 28 program entitled “An Organist’s Yearbook”. He was heard performing Dupré’s Prelude and Fugue in B Major, which came from a live performance at the 2015 AGO Southeast Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. This was the first time on Pipedreams for Kennedy, wrapping up a most exciting 2015 season that included 21 solo recitals (15 of which were in Europe) as well as 2 performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. Watch the entire recital from Charlotte on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lwfuClWicA

Skanör Concert

There has a been a date change for Dexter Kennedy’s recital at Skanörskyrka, Skanör, Sweden. Originally scheduled for Thursday, September 17, the concert will now take place on Sunday, September 20 at 4:00 PM.

Summer 2015 European Tour

Dexter Kennedy has successfully completed his first European tour as the 2014 Grand Prix de Chartres. The tour consisted of 7 recitals spanning four countries. Performances took place at the Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik, Iceland (2); Chiesa San Pantaleone in Courmayeur, Italy for the Aosta Valley Organ Festival; Basilique Saint-Nazaire in the medieval cité of Carcassonne, France; Narbonne Cathedral, for Le Festival d’Orgue de Narbonne (France); Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta, Bibione, Italy; and St. Willibrord Basilika in Echternach, Luxembourg as the opening concert of the inaugural Echternach Orgelsommer.

Old West Organ Society Recital Rescheduled

Dexter Kennedy’s appearance on the Old West International Artist Series at Boston’s Old West Church has been rescheduled for October 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM. The originally scheduled performance on February 13, 2015 was cancelled due to weather.

Diapason 20 Under 30 Award

Dexter Kennedy was recognized by The Diapason Magazine as one of the top 20 organists under 30 years of age. A complete list of the winners with profiles will appear in the May 2015 issue of The Diapason.

Boston concert cancelled

Dexter Kennedy’s recital in Boston for the Old West International Artists Series has been postponed due to inclement weather. He has been invited to play on the 2015-2016 series.