Two grand pianos, one organ, five gifted guys = great music

By on May 16, 2018

On Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m. enjoy a rare opportunity to hear two grand pianos and an organ played simultaneously and in different combinations by five gifted guys — some of the best keyboard performers on the Outer Banks — playing a wide variety of duets, solos and eight-hand arrangements.

The Eastern Carolina Concert Society will present Barry Ambrose, Steve Blackstock, Jason Evans, Tommy Midgett and Tim Price in a Keyboard Extravaganza set in the sanctuary of Duck United Methodist Church with its beautiful, natural views as a backdrop.

Barry Ambrose, a native of northeastern North Carolina, has been living in Kitty Hawk for nearly 25 years. He began his musical training at age 5 and began classical training at age 12. He received his B.F.A. in Theater Arts from East Carolina University and after living in New York City for over a decade, he returned to the area and resumed his classical studies with Dr. Rachel Gragson with whom he recently gave a one piano/four hands concert for the Don and Catharine Bryan Concert Series.

His other musical contributions to the area include over 20 years as the pianist at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church as well as a number of recitals as an accompanist for local singers. He also sings with the Outer Banks Chorus. Barry is the owner/operator of Ambrose Furniture.

Steve Blackstock, originally from Poquoson, VA, is a graduate of James Madison University, where he received a degree in Music Education. Steve earned his Master’s Degree in Liturgical Music at the Catholic University of America.

Currently, Steve is the Music Director/Organist at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores and recently earned his administration degree as a North Carolina Principal Fellow. He is the principal at Manteo Elementary School.

Prior to his employment at All Saints Episcopal, Steve was the director of music ministries at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk.

Jason K. Evans, originally from Edenton, NC, moved in 1998 to grow up here in Kill Devil Hills. He began piano and organ studies at an early age and was a graduate of Wanchese Christian Academy. He continued his education at Virginia Wesleyan University, earning a BA MUS in Organ performance and Sacred Music.

Since 2007, he has been the Director of Music Ministries/Organist at Outer Banks Presbyterian Church, where he also serves as handbell director and coordinates all music, as well as Easter, Patriotic and Christmas Musicals using a combined choir and orchestra.

Prior to joining the staff of Outer Banks Presbyterian Church, Jason served as Pianist/Music Assistant at First Baptist Church of Norfolk, VA, for 13 years where he accompanied the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra and was the administrator of the church’s Conservatory of Fine Arts.

Tommy Midgett is the Organist at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Manteo. He became interested in playing the piano as a toddler and in particular was amazed with the effect of playing a key while using the sustain pedal. He began formal piano lessons while in grammar school; then played the trumpet and trombone in his high school marching band.

As a teenager, he started playing the piano at Manteo Baptist Church, which continued for 20 years. He subsequently began playing the piano and organ at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church where he has now been for 20 years. While Tommy likes to perform his own creations, he did receive formal piano training at East Carolina University and at the School of the Arts in Winston Salem, NC. He also enjoys playing the guitar.

Tommy is often called upon to play at weddings and funerals. He has a local DJ business – “Music by Tommy” – which offers various types of music.

Timothy D. Price, a native of Goldsboro, NC, has a vast musical background. He is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Sacred Music and Organ Performance. His studies have included piano, harpsichord, voice, and conducting.

Timothy has traveled throughout New England playing our country’s finest instruments in addition to the organs of many renowned cathedrals in Germany, France, Spain, and England. He has served as Director of the Music Ministry at Pine Forest United Methodist Church (Goldsboro) and First Baptist Church (Kinston), Principal Organist at The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville, and is currently serving as Director of Music at First Christian Church in Farmville, NC.

Timothy is an experienced handbell ringer and has performed with The Raleigh Ringers. He recently completed a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at East Carolina University.

ECCS, a 501(c)(3) organization, sponsors free concerts to highlight local talent; donations are welcomed. Become a Patron with an annual contribution of $25 or more. This concert will be followed by a reception to honor our Patrons.

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