Music at Cherry Hill presents Aaron Tan, Darren Atiyeh Oct. 27

Photo courtesy of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church Aaron Tan, organist and pianist 

Photo courtesy of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church
Aaron Tan, organist and pianist

DEARBORN ­­— The Music at Cherry Hill concert series will present keyboardist Aaron Tan and flutist Darren Atiyeh at 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

The concert will be held in the sanctuary of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church, 24110 Cherry Hill Road.

There is no admission charge for this concert; free-will offerings will be accepted.

Tan is first prize and Audience Prize winner of the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Young Artist Competition in organ performance.

“Aaron first performed at Cherry Hill in concert in 2017, and we are delighted that he has agreed to return,” said the Rev. Mark Phillips.

A passionate organist, pianist and materials scientist, Tan received his associate in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. At the age of 12, he earned his licentiate and fellowship diplomas in piano performance from Trinity College of Music in London.

He later completed associate and fellowship diplomas in organ from the Royal Canadian College of Organists while concurrently studying engineering science at the University of Toronto. After completing a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in 2012, he began work as a postdoctoral researcher in the U-M Laboratory for Complex Materials and Thin Films Research.

Tan is studying at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University and serves as organ scholar at Church of the Resurrection in New York City.

Photo courtesy of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church Darren Atiyeh, flutist

Photo courtesy of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church
Darren Atiyeh, flutist

Joining Tan in concert, Atiyeh is a student of Gary Schocker, the internationally acclaimed New York City flutist and composer.

Atiyeh’s pursuit of music began at the age of 5 — studying piano with Karina Khalatova, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory. In addition to piano, he excelled in oboe and earned a place in the MSBOA State Orchestra and Band annual concerts.

Atiyeh shared that his first introduction to flute was at the age of 14, when he learned that he could not march in a parade with his oboe, so he was given a flute to play. After his graduation from the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2012, he continued to study oboe until he took flute lessons from Debra Podolka, a Julliard alumnus, and soon began playing solos with the Detroit Flute Guild.

“We are fortunate to have such outstanding musicians perform in this music series for the public’s enjoyment,” Phillips said.

The Oct. 27 concert will include musical selections played on the church’s custom built Austin Pipe Organ and rare Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano.

For more information, call Phillips at 313-563-4800.