Brothers Brink & Frank Mitchell Bush Wow the Audience in Natick
An enthusiastic audience was on hand on Sunday, May 3, as M. Steinert & Sons hosted a piano and organ concert featuring brothers Brink and Frank Mitchell Bush at our Natick Mall performance center. The program featured a presentation of the Goldberg Variations of J.S. Bach, a mainstay of the pianists’ repertoire, in the transcription for organ by Wilhelm Middelschulte, the famous German-American organist. Also on the program were works of Chopin, Glück, and Schumann/Liszt. The Bush brothers also performed a piano and organ duet of the Prelude, Fugue, and Variations of César Franck.
About the Artists
BRINK BUSH is one of the leading interpreters of German Romantic organ music in the world today. He has performed and has made an extensive study of the organ works of the German-American composer, Wilhelm Middelschulte (1863-1943).
He has performed throughout the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Austria, and Israel, and made his German debut at the Berlin Cathedral in 2001. Bush has given his lecture, “Wilhelm Middelschulte, his Life and Works” at Yale University, University of Iowa and for the National Conventions of the American Guild of Organist, Chicago 2006 and in Boston in 2014.
He was featured on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams” in a program titled Bach, Bush and Middelschulte. His New York debut was heard at Trinity Church Wall Street during the “Virgil Fox Legacy Twenty-fifth Anniversary Concert Weekend” and he is editor of the book “The Innermost Secrets” by T. Ernest Nichols, a book about the performance technique of the late great Virgil Fox.
Brink Bush was most recently heard on BBC Radio 3, Late Junction Show featuring the Perpetuum Mobile of Middelschulte. Mr. Bush’s latest concerts were presentations of the Goldberg Variation of J. S. Bach, as arranged by Middelschulte at London, England’s Westminster Cathedral in January 2015, and at Memorial Church, Harvard University in February of this year. Bush presently serves as Organist-Director of Music for St. John’s Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms MA.
FRANK MITCHELL BUSH has been described as “poignant and poetic, possessing a sensitive touch” by the American composer David Diamond, and of “playing of considerable distinction” by Alexander & Buono International, Frank Mitchell Bush has performed in such venues as the International Museum of Photography and Film, Georgia State Convention Center, Citibank of New York, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, and the American Church in Paris. He’s a recipient of the New York Council on the Arts Performance Grant, and has been heard in recital on NPR and CBS television.
Mr. Bush studied at the Eastman School of Music where he was the recipient of the George Eastman Scholarship, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria on a full scholarship. The Emily and Robert Woodruff Foundation awarded him a scholarship for his studies with the legendary Julliard professor Adele Marcus.
He was awarded First Prize in the Pro-Mozart Award Competition, the Atlanta Music Club Scholarship Competition and the Southeastern Music Festival Scholarship. At an early age, he won First Prize for five consecutive years at the National Kiwanis Music Competition, and was invited to perform at the International Convention in Anaheim, CA. He played for an audience of over 10,000 as guest artist at the Habitat for Humanity 20th Anniversary Celebration, and by special invitation for the family of then President Jimmy Carter for a performance honoring the President’s mother, Lillian Carter.
Recent and upcoming performances include concerts in Paris and London, at Washington National Cathedral, Carder Steuben 150th Anniversary, and with the Alfred University Orchestra.
Mr. Bush resides in Allegany County, New York, and is active as a performer and teacher.
ABOUT THE INSTRUMENTS USED IN THIS CONCERT
Frank Mitchell Bush performed on a modern Steinway Model D concert Grand, the overwhelming worldwide first choice of the greatest pianists, institutions, and broadcast media.
Brink Bush performed on a Rodgers Model 361 Infinity Digital Organ, using the most advanced and powerful sound generating platform available today, Roland’s “Sound System on a Chip,” using up to 8 microphones to capture every nuance of natural pipe sounds, and allowing for the authentic re-creation of almost every instrument of the orchestra, and a host of others, through the exclusive touch-and speed sensitive keyboards, allowing for a dynamic re-creation unavailable on a traditional pipe organ.