Canterbury is pleased to present concerts and recitals as part of its arts ministry to the community. Performances often feature chamber music or recitals. Upcoming concerts are listed below. Please check back often for updates!

Performers and ensembles are invited to submit event proposals for consideration. For more information, please contact the parish musician. Chamber or solo performers are especially encouraged to apply. To learn about our keyboard instruments, please read more.

Sunday January 12th at 3 PM in the Nave.

Paul Graeme Thomas in Recital

Music for piano solo, classic and modern, played on Canterbury’s rare 1890 Chickering Grand.

Program (subject to change)

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 885

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Etude in E Flat Minor, Op. 30 no. 5

Frederick Frahm (b. 1964)
frammenti di un lamento (2019) world premiere

Performer Bio

Paul Graeme Thomas is a solo pianist and accompanist who lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he began taking piano lessons at age 8, although it was not until his teens that he began to consider music as a career. Paul completed his undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico in 2016 with Professor Falko Steinbach as his primary piano teacher. He has been studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory since 2017, and has taken lessons with Dr. Robert Weirich, Karen Kushner, Sean Chen, and Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz. After completing a Master’s Degree in 2019, he is currently working on his Artist Certificate in Piano Performance.

In the past few years, Paul has explored a variety of career options.  For the past decade, his primary focus has been on solo repertoire for the piano, and his efforts have allowed him to participate in festivals and competitions as far-reaching as Germany, Italy, and Hawaii. Aside from solo piano, he has undergone training to work as an accompanist, with art song and opera repertoire as his principal areas of study. He is a graduate assistant at UMKC, in which his duties are comprised of learning and practicing the music of ten graduate-level voice majors every semester. He has also performed with the UMKC choirs and the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra. In addition, Paul plays organ as his second instrument, and currently resides as the organist of Grace Episcopal Church in Liberty, Missouri. Whenever he has any free time left over, Paul has also taught piano to students of various ages.

Paul’s repertoire is eclectic, ranging from pre-Baroque to contemporary. An avid proponent for New Music, in the summer of 2019 he traveled to Cesena, Italy to participate in the soundSCAPE Composition and Performance Exchange.  While there, he premiered a series of chamber works for an audience of musicians and composers from around the world. In the traditional repertoire, Paul’s favorite composers include Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, and Maurice Ravel; earlier in 2019, he received First Alternate in the UMKC Conservatory Chancellor’s Concerto Competition for his performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Suggested donation is $20 at the door.
Seating is limited and parking is available locally.