Dr. Guy Whatley


November 6, 2016 | Sunday 3:00 p.m.
St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Arizona

The James R. Anthony Memorial Concert

Johann Jacob Froberger was the most celebrated harpsichordist of his day and the most widely travelled and cosmopolitan composer of his time. German by birth, he spent much of the 1540s studying with Frescobaldi in Italy. From 1549-1553 he visited Vienna, Dresden, Brussels, Utrecht, London, and Paris. This concert traces the steps of his European journey. The program will include works by his contemporaries—Louis Couperin, John Blow, and Girolamo Frescobaldi—as well as Froberger’s own compositions from a recently discovered manuscript. Although Froberger was a prolific composer, he was little published. Through his own works, we will hear Froberger’s mastery of the French, English, Italian, and German styles, and his genius in creating a totally unique synthesis of these disparate styles.

Dr. Whatley has performed on historic organs and keyboard instruments across Europe and the United States, and at prestigious venues in Europe, Asia, and Central America. He is well-known in Tucson for his performances with True Concord and St. Andrew’s Bach Society, where he was hailed a “rock star on the harpsichord” by the Arizona Daily Star (August 2015).