Richard Elliott, principal organist at the famous Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah is playing at 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at First Presbyterian Church in Greenwood as part of the church’s Festiva series.
The free Festiva concert includes music by Bach, Mozart, Vierne, Franck, Purvis, Cundick, Gershwin, Wagner and Elliott.
As principal organist, Elliott plays in numerous recitals and accompanies the famed Mormon Tabernacle choir for radio and television broadcasts and performances. The Tabernacle organ has 11,623 pipes.
Elliott has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He served as assistant professor of organ at Brigham Young University and was appointed Tabernacle organist in 1991. Elliott is also a former assistant organist for Philadelphia’s famed Wanamaker organ.
Elliott’s biography says he has enjoyed music since childhood and played in a rock band as a teenager. The biography also said surgery and recovery from a tendon injury in Elliott’s left bicep in 2009, provided time to focus on practicing the organ’s pedal keyboard and hone his skills.
Elliott is married to pianist Elizabeth Cox Ballantyne and they are the parents of two sons.