Our concert series, Concerts on Canterbury, features performances by a variety of extraordinary singers, choirs, organists, and other solo/chamber instrumentalists.
To receive notices of upcoming concerts, simply email our Organist/Choirmaster and ask to be added to the concert email list.
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
David Arcus, organ
David Arcus is Director of Music and Organist of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina, where he presides at the 1883 Hook & Hastings organ in the early nineteenth century church. He previously served as Interim Director of Music at All Saints Parish Church, Northampton, England, where he conducted and played organ for seven choral services weekly. He was at Duke University for nearly 30 years, where he served in various capacities in the Department of Music, Divinity School, and Duke Chapel.
Dr. Arcus holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the School of Music at Yale University, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is in demand as a solo recitalist, having performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Great Britain. He has appeared as organist with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Arcus' recitals have included premieres of new works by well known composers such as Aaron Jay Kernis, Dan Locklair, and Marianne Ploger. He is frequently commissioned to write new works for organ and choir, and he is also active as clinician, teacher/lecturer, and conductor.
Admission is free.
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Katherine Posner, soprano
Margaret Singer, piano
Katherine Kaufman Posner was called by Metropolitan Opera Conductor Kurt Adler, “One of the voices of her generation.” After winning the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions at the age of twenty, she made her professional debut at the Santa Fe Opera. She also appeared at the San Francisco Opera as Lisette in La Rondine, sang four trans-continental tours with the Goldovsky Opera Theatre as Rosina in Barber of Seville, Micaela in Carmen, and as both Mimi and Musetta in La Boheme. She performed at (then) Avery Fisher Hall as Micaela in Carmen and with the Duluth Opera as Oscar in The Masked Ball. She completed a Master’s degree in Opera Theatre from Manhattan School of Music and sang performances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Katherine was also a winner in the prestigious Liederkranz Society competition. Katherine enjoys and embraces the recital platform and has sung recitals many times throughout her musical career. She has been on the faculty of four universities and has been a successful teacher of singing for many years, currently maintaining a busy studio in Raleigh.
Margaret Singer is a native of Oklahoma, where she received her early training. She continued her studies on a Fulbright grant at the Royal Academy of Music, London. While there, she earned the Associate of the Royal College of Music diploma, and the Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music diploma. She also won prizes for solo playing and accompanying. The latter was judged by Gerald Moore, who wrote “ . . . she was the only one who sang with the singer.” Upon her return to the United States, she worked as an Assistant Conductor at the New York City Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Washington Opera (D.C.)
Since 1986, Margaret Singer has made her home in Germany, where she worked as Coach at the opera companies of Hannover, Erfurt, and Stuttgart, and currently she works with the young singers and apprentice coaches at the Académie of the Opéra de Paris.
Admission is free.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
The Oakwood Waits Annual Benefit Christmas Concert
We are thrilled to welcome once again Raleigh’s premiere Dickens-era-costumed vocal ensemble, the Oakwood Waits. The singers, who are some of the finest vocal musicians in the area, bring their theatrical talents to every performance. The Oakwood Waits delight audiences with beautiful renditions of traditional, classical, ethnic, and popular Christmas songs in many languages. The Waits’ annual Christmas concert benefits some of Raleigh’s most crucial charitable organizations.
Suggested minimum donation - $10.
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 3 p.m.
The Methodist University Chorale, Fayetteville, NC
Dr. Michael Martin, conductor
Ryan Pagels, piano