Music for Harpsichord - come hear concert harpsichordist and St. James Director of Music, Sean Price in a solo harpsichord recital exclusively featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Much of Bach's keyboard music is played on the piano but this is a chance to listen to some of Bach's masterworks played on the instrument for which they were originally composed. Be transported back to the early 1700's (complete with candlelight) at this fun musical event. Admission $5 per person.
Sean Price, director of music and organist at St. James has been overseeing the music program here since March 2012. He started music very early in life at the age of 3. By the age of 12, he started taking organ lessons with Brenda Arnold Day at the First Presbyterian Church in Metuchen. After 6 years of study, he went on to study at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. There, his major teachers were Diane Meredith Belcher, Ken Cowan, Matthew Lewis, Robin Leaver, Eugene Roan, Kathleen Scheide, and Kathy Ebling-Shaw (Thorne). He obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degress in Sacred Music, Organ, and Composition at Westminster. Following his tenure in Princeton, he went on to study harpsichord performance at The Juilliard School with [then] principal harpsichordist of the New York Philharmonic, Lionel Party. Sean is known for his sensitive, energetic renditions with a unique artistic flair. He has been featured on WWFM, The Classical Network, WQXR, and Metuchen Access Television. During college, he performed with virtually every major orchestra and has graced the stages of Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Despite his young age, he has been a consultant for several new pipe organs, restorations, and rebuilds. He is also in demand as a harpsichordist and is revered as an excellent continuo player. In addition to his musical leadership at St. James, Sean works in the wine industry, where he recommends and studies wine in pursuit of the sommelier certificate through the Court of Master Sommeliers. At home in suburban Essex country, he enjoys oil painting, wine tasting, fountain pen collecting, interior decorating, and gourmet cooking.