Brenda Portman concert organist - composer - arranger
RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS
April 24 @ 4pm: Solo Organ Recital at First Presbyterian Church, Flint, MI
May 12-15: Semi-finals and finals of Sursa American Organ Competition, Ball State
June 23 @ 1:30 & 3:40pm: performance by Tyler Boehmer of Toccata on Meadville for
July 14 @ 3:15pm: Workshop Presenter, "Contemporary Organ Repertoire" for Pipe
July 14 @ 7pm: Faculty Organ Recital for Pipe Organ Encounter (Advanced), Hyde
Sept. 11 @ 2pm: premiere of Bless the Lord, O My Soul by the Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Flint, MI, directed by Dr. Carl Angelo, for senior pastor installation
Sept. 25 @ 4pm: performance by Chad Winterfeldt of Elegy (2016), winner of TCAGO composition competition, House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Richfield, MN
Oct. 24 @ 8pm: Workshop Presenter, "Contemporary Organ Repertoire" for
Oct. 27 @ 7:30pm: performance of O Mighty God by the Wheaton College Women's
Nov. 4 @ 7pm: Workshop Presenter, "Contemporary Organ Repertoire" for
April 7 @ 7:30pm: Solo Organ Concert at Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts,
QUOTES & REVIEWS
"Brenda Portman performs this demanding program with polish, security, and esprit...she possesses solid technique and authoritative musicianship..."
(James Hildreth, The American Organist, Nov. 2016)
"Portman delivers flawless performances throughout with plenty of flair, bringing to life Laurin's imaginative and demanding scores."
(Rupert Gough, Choir & Organ, Sept/Oct. 2016)
"Brenda Portman is an enthusiastic advocate of Laurin's music...all her performances reveal the quality of the music, the skilful writing and the myriad tone qualities available from this organ."
(Richard Popple, Organists' Review, Sept. 2016)
“That recital was the best hour of my life!”
(enthusiastic audience member, Cincinnati)
"I've been listening to great organists play great organs for most of my life. My early memories include Virgil Fox and E. Power Biggs, who were featured on early television and popular recordings. When I heard and saw Brenda play, I knew I was in the presence of an extraordinary musician. She played within herself, with astonishing virtuosity and thrilling musicality. This lovely young mom is a rare find. I hope she understood when I dubbed her E. Power Portman."
(Larry Fillingham, Audience Member, Seattle)
“Brenda Portman’s recital in our AGO chapter recital series at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati was a stunning combination of impeccable technique, remarkablewarmth, and musical depth. Her powerful interpretations of Bach and Duruflé were equaled by her dazzling unpublished transcriptions of Brahms piano compositions into gorgeous organ works. A piece for pedals only left the audience breathless. This is a musician of the highest talent, musicianship, and creative energy. No one should miss an opportunity to hear her.”
(Robert Benson, Former Dean, Cincinnati Chapter, AGO)
“...a very gifted performer….a magnificent and brilliant interpretation….certainly one of the most talented musicians of her generation”
(Frédéric Blanc, concert organist, Paris, France)
"Brenda Portman is a major talent. She plays with a great sense of line and she has technique to burn!"
(Douglas Cleveland, University of Washington)
“knowledgeable in many styles and at home in all of them…one of the finest organists of this generation”
(Marilyn Mason, University of Michigan)
"Brenda Portman is a superb organist, both technically and musically. Her vast knowledge of all genres and periods of the organ literature result in satisfying performances."
(Margaret Kemper, past AGO president)
“memorable both for her firm technical command and her imaginative use of the organ's colors”
(Richard Webster, Trinity Church Boston)