MABC is thrilled to announce that on October 9th we welcome our new Minister of Music Aza Sydykov! A concert pianist who made his professional debut at age 17 with the Russian Philharmonic, Aza is an internationally known vocal coach, conductor, accompanist, and arts entrepreneur. The recipient of numerous awards, Aza has performed all over the world, including as a solo pianist at Carnegie Hall. He is a graduate of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Mannes Music, and New York’s New School University. He also serves as President of the Kyrgyz American Foundation in New York City, which sponsors the Eurasia Festival as well as various cultural exchange and educational activities. For more, check out Aza’s website at AzaSydykov.com.
Our music program has historically served as a focal point of our worship. In fact, we hosted the first performance of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971. Today, the Madison Avenue Baptist Church hosts a sextet of Broadway and off-Broadway singers led by our music director, Paul Stephan. Our music ranges from plain chant and classical to gospel and Bruce Springsteen. A typical example of our creative use of music is our Good Friday Country Western Service, featured by the New York Times. Listen to some samples below.