Dr. Taylor to speak at services, concert
EAST LIVERPOOL –Dr. Calvin Taylor will lead the 11 a.m. worship service Nov. 20 at the Trinity Presbyterian Church and a public concert 4 p.m. at the Community and Learning Center, former Trinity Presbyterian Church. Admission is free. A free will offering will be taken to raise funds for the Calvin Taylor Foundation.
Dr. Taylor is a composer, internationally known recorder and performer. Born 1948 in Los Angeles, Calif., composer, pianist, and organist, he was drawn to music as a young child. He began playing piano in all keys at five years, and by age 14 was serving as organist in several southern California churches.
Dr. Taylor made history at Oberlin Conservatory in 1970 when he became the first organist in the school’s over 150-year history to improvise a graduate concert encore (an 11-minute extemporization on “O Du Froliche, Weinachtzeit”). At the University of Michigan, he studied organ with Marilyn Mason and composition with Leslie Basset, completing the M.M. in 1974. He became active as a studio arranger and studied composition and orghestration at UCLA and The Dick Grove School of Music in the early 1980s. At the Grove Workshops, he had the opportunity of learning from popular music composers Henry Mancini, and Nelson Riddle. The music of Calvin Taylor has been programmed by the Kristiansand, Redlands, Inglewood, Central Kentucky Youth, Shreveport, University of Kentucky, UCLA Philharmonia, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, South Arkansas, and Nashville Symphony orchestras. In 1998 the Detroit Symphony Orchestra recorded Taylor’s “Inner-city Sunrise”. Among Dr. Taylor’s works are “Five Spirituals for Organ” 1998 and “Spiritual Suite for Organ, 2002. Their first English performance took place at Selby Abbey, York, England on Oct. 4, 1998.
Never far from his roots in religious music, Taylor has traveled for many years through the USA presenting thousands of concerts in America’s churches. Well-known publications by Calvin Taylor include “Spirituals for Piano” and “The Patriotic Piano”. Altogether he has recorded 11 cds.
Dr. Taylor has toured throughout the world, playing in North and South America, Europe, the Far East, and most recently in Russia and Ukraine. As arranger and composer, his music has been heard and enjoyed by untold thousands.