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Philadelphia native and University of the Arts alumnus Norman Mackenzie will return to the Kimmel Center Campus for a solo performance on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in Verizon Hall. A music collaborator, conductor, and renowned concert organist, Mackenzie made his first appearance as a pianist with The Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12, and then again as an organist at age 20. The current Director of Chorus for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), a role he assumed in 2000, Mackenzie has been carrying forward the creative vision of founding conductor Robert Shaw.
During Norman’s tenure with the ASO, the chorus has made numerous tours and garnered several Grammy® Awards, including Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance. Mackenzie’s acclaimed Telarc recording of a cappella sacred music, featuring the Vaughan Williams Mass in G-Minor, represents the ASO Chamber Chorus’ first recording apart from the orchestra.
Norman Mackenzie takes on many roles at his position of Director of Chorus at the ASO including preparing the Choruses for all concerts and recordings, working closely with ASO Music Director Robert Spano on the commissioning and realization of new choral-orchestral works, and conducting holiday concerts. He also serves as Director of Music and Fine Arts for Atlanta’s Trinity Presbyterian Church and pursues an active recital and guest-conducting schedule. In his 14-year association with Robert Shaw, he served as keyboardist for the ASO, principal accompanist for the ASO Choruses, and ultimately assistant choral conductor. In addition, he was musical assistant and accompanist for the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, the Robert Shaw Institute Summer Choral Festivals in France and the United States, and the famed Shaw/Carnegie Hall Choral Workshops.
Organ programming is generously supported by the Wyncote Foundation.
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