This organ/trumpet duo will bring a unique and energetic blend of instrumentation to the PAC in this Forbes Pipe Organ Series afternoon concert, including music by Pachelbel, Mozart, Albinoni, and Faure, plus music by film composer Ennio Morricone, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin.
“Heavenly sounds...the duo has great onstage chemistry...fluidity and finesse." — The Memphis Appeal
Gary Beard is conductor of the Lindenwood Chancel Choir, the Gary Beard Chorale and minister of music/artist-in-residence at Lindenwood Christian Church, Memphis, TN, where he has developed a nationally acclaimed music program. He began his keyboard studies as a prodigy, making his professional debut at age eleven. He made his New York debut at Town Hall in 1976, and gained early experience as accompanist for Metropolitan Opera soprano Nancy Tatum and mezzo soprano Mignon Dunn, among others. He has appeared as a soloist throughout the country and on such great organs as The Tabernacle, Salt Lake City and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.
Ryan and Gary met in 1993 and have enjoyed many performances together as well as numerous recordings on the Pro-Organo label. Their concerts include a wide variety of music and create an enjoyable atmosphere for both performers and audience alike.
"An added element of excellence was Mr. Beard's demonstration of his keyboard virtuosity. Mr. Beard's style is crisp, clean, brilliant, yet his musicianship transcends mere technical competence." - Frederick B. Alexius, The Alexandria Daily
"...and Gary Beard, ever the estimable accompanist." - Robert Jennings, The Commercial Appeal
"Gary and Ryan thrilled our audience with their musical mastery. We were all touched by the friendliness of both Ryan and Gary along with their consummate professionalism. Our audience was moved again and again by the excellence in musical art and the spirituality of the concert." - Rev. Steve Harter, Minister of Music, First United Mehtodist Church, Colorado Springs, CO
"Ryan Anthony and Gary Beard wowed our audience with their musicianship, artistry, and showmanship! The duo's musicality and charm shone throughout their innovative program. The audience finally allowed Ryan and Gary to leave the stage after three encores! - Frode Gundersen, Director of Music/Artistic Director, Marvin United Methodist Church, Tyler, TX