The Outer Banks has been through a lot — but there's also a lot to celebrate, like the resiliency of its residents, and the way neighbors help neighbors, and strangers help strangers.
Proof can be found throughout the Banks, from Ocracoke to Currituck.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, Outer Banks Presbyterian Church offers a gift to the community-at-large with a free concert, which also marks the church's 40th anniversary.
The concert is at 5 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 907 S. Croatan Hwy. (milepost 8.5) in Kill Devil Hills. A freewill love offering will be accepted.
The concert features renowned organist Nicholas Bowden, who also serves as conductor. Bowden will perform works for organ/brass, organ, piano, and brass, and classic organ literature.
The Sanctuary Choir will present several favorite pieces, as well as invite attendees to join in a sing-along of hymns.
Bowden and the choir will be joined by Jason Evans and Steve Blackstock, accompanists; trumpeters Robyn Card and Chad McGill, trombonist Carl Lundgren, Christine Foust on French horn, Phil Sloan on tuba; and Reid Stockdill, timpani/percussion.
About Nicholas Bowden
Bowden has performed in seven countries and 32 states, and has been a featured organist at some of the world's most stunning churches, including Grace Cathedral, an Episcopal cathedral on Nob Hill in San Francisco; St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, a Gothic architectural masterpiece in the heart of New York City; Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral in Southern California’s Orange County; and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where, in 1981, Lady Diana Spencer wed Britain's Prince Charles.
He's also regaled audiences at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; and he performed on the famed Wanamaker Organ — the world’s largest organ — at Macy’s Department Store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bowden's on-air performances include National Public Radio, Diane Bish’s “The Joy of Music” television program, “The Hour of Power” from the Crystal Cathedral; “The Coral Ridge Hour” from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church; and weekly telecasts at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia — the nation’s largest Presbyterian Church (USA) — where Bowden served as principal organist for 21 years.
The “Nicholas Bowden and Friends” fundraiser concerts at Peachtree Presbyterian Church have generated more than $1 million for community ministries in Atlanta.