Richard Parsons

Richard Parsons

Richard Parsons was born and reared in Raleigh. He attended Ravenscroft School, Broughton High School, and UNC-CH. He studied piano with Valerie Baumgarten and was a private organ student of Margaret S. Mueller and Catherine Ritchie Miller. Beginning in 1972, he established the Sunbury Press and published eight scholarly titles on organ and harpsichord building. These include Charles Ferguson's translation of the monumental The Organ-Builder, originally by Dom François Bédos de Celles, and Owen Jorgensen's Equal-Beating Temperaments. For over ten years, beginning in 1983, he reviewed mostly Baroque keyboard and chamber music for Raleigh's Spectator Magazine. He is also an experienced church bell change ringer; he is a member of the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths, an English elective society of ringers. He plays the harpsichord privately for his own amusement. He is a free-lance graphic designer in New Bern.

Articles by Richard Parsons:

Birds, Bugs, and Blossoms on Display at The Music House

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  May 21, 2017

Music House Concert is "French, German, Pretty"

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  May 19, 2017

The Music House Piano Quartet: A Perfect Meeting Of Minds

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  February 4, 2017

My Soul Sees and Hears by Houston Baroque

Choral Music Media Review by Richard Parsons,  February 2, 2017

A Strong Meeting of Equals in Lopez Tabor Duo

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  January 26, 2017

Big Fun with Funaro, Biggs and Two Harpsichords

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  December 16, 2016

ECU Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus: Strong, Moving Performance

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  December 5, 2016

Nezhdanova and Placzek Provide Elegant French Music at the Music House

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  November 6, 2016

Martin, Peroutka, Nunnally, and O'Brien at the Music House

Chamber Music, Vocal Music Review by Richard Parsons,  October 29, 2016

Claude Bourbon at the Music House

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  October 16, 2016

Stately And Intimate Lute Playing at the Music House

Early Music, Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  March 13, 2016

Magnolia Baroque Plays Splendid All-Bach Program in Wilmington

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  February 28, 2016

Fit for a King: Heartland Baroque at the Music House

Chamber Music, Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  January 30, 2016

Professional Choral Sound from GCS in Holiday Concert

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  December 6, 2015

Bad Engineering and Beautiful Music

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  November 13, 2015

Rarely Performed Wolf Lieder Thrills at Music House

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  September 5, 2015

Music House Baroque Festival 2015: 4 Concerts in 4 Grand Days

Chamber Music, Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  July 19, 2015

Beggar's Opera: Timeless Frolic

Opera Review by Richard Parsons,  March 29, 2015

Cello and Harpsichord at the Music House

Bluegrass Review by Richard Parsons,  January 30, 2015

Big Music on a Big Organ by a Big Performer

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  January 18, 2015

The String Trio Rediscovered; & "The Heavy Lifting"

Instrumental Ensemble Review by Richard Parsons,  December 11, 2014

Jacco Hermsen and Catherine H. Garner on a Grand (Musical) Tour

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  November 30, 2014

In Greenville: Rarely-Heard Musical Gems

Early Music, Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  August 23, 2014

Lynda & Pattie on the Art Music Circuit

Bluegrass, Traditional Music Review by Richard Parsons,  August 9, 2014

Baroque Festival Grand Finale: The Art of the Countertenor

Vocal Music Review by Richard Parsons,  July 27, 2014

The Baroque Oboe

Chamber Music, Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  July 26, 2014

At The Music House: The Classical Flute

Chamber Music, Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  July 25, 2014

Music House, Greenville: Baroque and Classical Festival

Chamber Music, Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  July 24, 2014

Dexter Ruffin: Twenty-Something Powerhouse at The Music House

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  June 1, 2014

String Talent Showcase

Chamber Orchestra Review by Richard Parsons,  April 7, 2014

Singing and Playing, Naturally, at the Music House

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  March 7, 2014

The World's Worst Viola Joke? Not When NC Baroque Artists Are Involved

Chamber Music, Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  February 8, 2014

Christmas with the Greenville Choral Society

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  December 14, 2013

A Powerful House Concert

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  September 15, 2013

L'Académie du Roi Soleil: Regal Bedtime Music

Chamber Music, Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  August 4, 2013

Greater than the Sum of the Parts

Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  April 7, 2013

Greenville Choral Society Winter Concert

Choral Music, Holiday Concert Review by Richard Parsons,  December 15, 2012

All Saints Memorial Concert

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  November 18, 2012

Classical Riches at the Music House

Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  October 13, 2012

Ice in August

Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  August 18, 2012

Simply First Class

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  May 27, 2012

A Baroque Music Celebration

Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  April 15, 2012

Vivaldi Project & Friends

Chamber Music, Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  December 10, 2011

ECU's Messiah

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  December 4, 2011

Christmas through the Ages

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  December 3, 2011

Jingling Johnny Comes to Greenville

Chamber Orchestra, Early Music, Vocal Music Review by Richard Parsons,  August 14, 2011

Venti Arioso at Greenville's Music House

Chamber Music, Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  May 22, 2011

Dutton and Biggs: Age Of Elegance at Greenville's Music House

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  April 2, 2011

Bach at the Music House

Chamber Music, Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  January 8, 2011

Holiday Choral Festival: Greenville Choral Society as a part of the Mary Poole Music Series

Choral Music, Holiday Concert Review by Richard Parsons,  December 18, 2010

John Rutter's Requiem by the Christ Church Choir

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  November 7, 2010

Carolina Chamber Music Festival: Classical Cabaret

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  September 23, 2010

David Arcus, Organ, Duke Divinity School Chapel

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  September 19, 2010

Amphion's Echo: 17th and 18th-century Arie con tromba

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  August 29, 2010

Crystal Coast Messiah

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  December 12, 2009

Sietze de Vries: Organ

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  October 18, 2009

Carolina Chamber Music Festival: Calyx and Friends

Review by Richard Parsons,  September 12, 2009

Johan Hermans, Organ

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  April 19, 2009

Hugo Wolf's Spanisches Liederbuch, Part I

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  March 22, 2009

The Kathleen Upton Byrns McClendon Organ Dedication Recital

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  February 8, 2009

Wearing Another Hat: Music for the Harpsichord by Organ Composers

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  January 31, 2009

Russian Fireworks by Daniel Zaretsky

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  November 4, 2008

Greenville Choral Society

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  November 2, 2008

Carolina Chamber Music Festival: Brahms After Work

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  September 11, 2008

Carolina Chamber Music Festival: Calyx Piano Trio

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  September 6, 2008

ECU Summer Guitar Workshop: Douglas James and Jason Vieaux

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  July 13, 2008

Haydn, The Creation: Greenville Choral Society and New Carolina Sinfonia

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  May 17, 2008

Mallarmé Chamber Players: Baroque and Brand New

Chamber Music, Dance Review by Richard Parsons,  May 4, 2008

Eric Pritchard and Barbara McKenzie

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  February 8, 2008

NCS at New Bern

Orchestral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  October 28, 2007

The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra: Gershwin Extravaganza

Orchestral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  August 23, 2007

I Solisti di Brevard: J. S. Bach & More

Chamber Orchestra, Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  August 1, 2007

Brevard Music Center: Symphonic Band

Wind Ensemble Review by Richard Parsons,  July 22, 2007

Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival - Program Four

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  July 17, 2007

Brevard Music Center Opening Night

Orchestral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  June 22, 2007

Benefit Recital for Asheville Lyric Opera

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  June 7, 2007

Signature Winds Woodwind Quintet

Wind Ensemble Review by Richard Parsons,  June 3, 2007

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra: Shakespeare in Love

Orchestral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  May 25, 2007

Carolina Concert Choir: The Promise

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  May 18, 2007

Music at St. Matthias Church: Local Players and Singers Make Good

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  May 6, 2007

Spanish Music for Various Keyboard Instruments

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  March 25, 2007

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra: Brahms' Requiem

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  March 10, 2007

Opera Carolina: Rigoletto

Opera Review by Richard Parsons,  March 3, 2007

Carolina Pro Musica: Lessons & Carols

Choral Music, Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  December 9, 2006

Raleigh Ringers Holiday Concert

Handbell Ensemble Review by Richard Parsons,  December 2, 2006

Carolina Concert Choir: Holiday Sounds Begin

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  December 1, 2006

Dress Rehearsal of Mozart Opera Launches Festival

Opera Review by Richard Parsons,  June 22, 2006

The Creation Revisited

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  May 7, 2006

Creation Pretty Much Perfect

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  April 1, 2006

Candlemas Concert in Hendersonville

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  January 29, 2006

A Festive Launch for the Highlands-Cashiers Festival

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  July 3, 2005

Definitely not on the Fence - Chamber Music in Tryon

Chamber Music Review by Richard Parsons,  January 16, 2005

Early Music For Charlotte

Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  December 11, 2004

At the Brevard Music Festival: Organist Timothy Albrecht

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  July 7, 2004

Organist Simon Preston

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  April 20, 2004

Choral Masterworks & Marilyn Keiser, Too

Choral Music, Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  February 29, 2004

Harmonia Baroque's Candlemas Concert

Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  February 1, 2004

Brevard College Presents the King's Singers

Vocal Ensemble Review by Richard Parsons,  December 16, 2003

Carolina Chamber Singers at St. James Church, Hendersonville

Choral Music Review by Richard Parsons,  December 7, 2003

Arcus' Flentrop Anniversary Recital

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  December 19, 2002

Carolina Baroque: "Arias, Duets and Ballet Music from Handel Operas"

Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  November 24, 2002

Chatham Baroque, Españoleta: Baroque Instrumental Music from Spain and Latin America

Early Music Review by Richard Parsons,  November 22, 2002

On "Aw-guns," a Certain Brombaugh, and David Arcus

Recital Review by Richard Parsons,  October 27, 2002