Virtuoso Organist David Higgs makes his Toledo Debut

Posted Nov 26th, 2007 by Julie Heigel  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


The Toledo Symphony Peristyle Visiting Artists Series presents virtuoso organist David Higgs in a festive holiday recital on Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 pm. The performance is a Toledo debut for Mr. Higgs.

Come to the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theatre to hear one of America’s leading concert organists play a recital featuring traditional favorites including Joy To The World, The Holly and Ivy, Oh, Holy Night, and Hark, The Herald Angels Sing. Also included on the program are classical holiday favorites including selections from Handle’s Messiah and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. The organ comes alive in Mozart’s Alleluia, Bach’s Sinfonia To Cantata 29, Vaughan Williams’ Lullaby, and Yon’s Gesu Bambino.

Joined by soprano Lisa Vroman, who played Christine Daae in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, Higgs’ recital will showcase the incredible possibilities of the recently-renovated instrument, as well as his own formidable musicianship.

Tickets are $22 to $45 and are available by calling 419-246-8000, toll-free 800-348-1253 or online at

Meet the Artists:

David Higgs, organ

David Higgs is currently Chair of the Organ and Historical Keyboards Department and Professor of Organ at Eastman School of Music. He studied with Claire Coci, Peter Hurford, Russell Saunders, Frederick Swann. He also served as music director and organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley (1986-92); organist/choir director, Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco (1988-92); among others. He has inaugurated many important new organs, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna; Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas; St. Ignatius Loyola, New York City; Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL. IN 2005, Mr. Higgs was awarded the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching at Eastman.

Lisa Vroman, soprano

Lisa Vroman starred for several years on Broadway as Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera. As Christine, she garnered Theatre Critics’ award for the role in a record breaking run in San Francisco. In March 2006, Ms. Vroman starred as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, making her New York City Opera debut with Paul Sorvino in the title role. Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love and she was the first to play both Fantine and Cossette in Les Miserables. Ms. Vroman has had the honor of singing at the Profiles in Courage Awards Dinner and as a guest of the Kenney Family. She has also sung on separate occasions for Queen Elizabeth, former President Bill Clinton, and former Vice President Al Gore.

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