The annual Willing Friends luncheon honors individuals who have included St. Paul’s Foundation or St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in their estate plans.
This year’s luncheon in Fondren Hall at noon on Monday, November 3, will feature a special treat by St. Paul’s Director of Music Dr. Paolo Bordignon. He will share his experience traveling to Leipzig and Berlin where, as part of his doctoral studies he examined Johann Sebastian Bach’s 1724 autograph and original performance materials of Cantata, Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67.
sCurrent Willing Friends and those interested in learning more about the Willing Friends Society are invited to attend this special event. Please RSVP to Kat Denton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-528-0527.
Prior to coming to St. Paul’s in the spring of 2014, Dr. Bordignon was Associate Director of Music at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, where he helped oversee one of the nation’s pre-eminent church music programs.
In performance through three continents, Dr. Bordignon has received critical acclaim ranging from “outstanding... lively and distinctive” for his interpretations of early music to “compelling” for performances of avant-garde repertoire. His engagements have included organ recitals at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and St. Eustache (Paris), and conducting appearances on NBC’s Today.
Dr. Bordignon earned Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School, studying organ and harpsichord, and he was the first person to graduate Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music with a degree in harpsichord (a double major with organ).