April 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm EDT | by Erin Durkin
Pulling out the stops
Cameron Carpenter, organ, gay news, Washington Blade, music

Organist Cameron Carpenter. (Photo by Heiko Laschitzki; courtesy Bucklesweet Media)

It’s a big time for pipe organ enthusiasts in Washington. Queer virtuoso Cameron Carpenter makes his debut tonight at the Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda) and on April 19, National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, NW), home to one of the District’s largest pipe organs, resumes its Friday afternoon recital series after rebuilding significant parts of its massive instrument damaged in the earth quake of 2011.

Carpenter’s performances are known for great technique and expression while bring showmanship to the organ world. He was the first organist ever nominated for a Grammy Award for his solo album “Revolutionary” and he was recently awarded the Leonard Bernstein Prize at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$40. Visit Strathmore.org for more information.

The noon recital series “Magical, Mystical, Musical Machine” resumes with organist Kristine Adamaite and saxophonist Artis Semanis from Latvia. This performance is free. For more information, visit nationalcitycc.org.

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