Summer Concert Series: David Talbott & Alex Russell

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Jul 14, 2018Santa Cruz Mountains | Conference Center

Summer Concert Series 18

Summer Concert Series

The auditorium opens to embrace the sounds and aromas of the surrounding redwood forest. Attendees can be up-close-and-personal inside with the artists, or relax on the mezzanine patio and take in the night while enjoying the beautiful music. Concerts are free, though dinner guests get priority seating.

All concert programs are open to the public without charge, and all are on Saturdays at 7:30 PM. in Mount Hermon’s main indoor/outdoor auditorium. A free-will offering is received towards expenses. Guests are reminded to dress warmly for the indoor-outdoor auditorium. Seating preference is given to those participating in the buffet dinner and/or staying overnight. For those purchasing the buffet, dinner is from 5:00-6:15 PM in the Dining Hall.


, David Talbott & Alex Russell

David Talbott & Alex Russell

David Talbott has been playing piano for 50 years and continues to do concerts and workshops both in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. He and his wife Carla live in Mount Hermon.

Dave was on staff with the Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center near Santa Cruz, California as the Director of Adult Ministries and Resident Musician since 1977. Dave previously worked on the staff of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he was first Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, and for his last four years, Director of Public Relations and Alumni Services. He was a member of the Montecito Covenant Church for nine years, serving as organist and chairman of the church, under the ministry of the late renowned hymnist, The Rev. Bryan J. Leech. Together they collaborated on many musical arrangements.

Before going to Santa Barbara, Dave was in public and press relations with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Atlanta, Georgia, and Berlin, Germany. He traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East and has played piano and organ for several of Dr. Graham’s associates. He has also toured Southeast Asia, presenting concerts and teaching piano workshops.

Dave grew up in Seattle, Washington, where he studied piano at the Cornish School of Music, at Seattle Pacific University with Marceille Mack, and with Dr. Howard Stevenson. He became a church pianist at the age of 11 and regular (self-taught) church organist at 15. He has a bachelor’s degree in music from Westmont College (1964). He traveled extensively for the College as accompanist for the Westmont College Male Quartet for three years.

An accomplished pianist and organist, Dave is in much demand with churches, schools, and national conventions, playing concerts, accompanying, and leading worship at a variety of functions, including Mount Hermon’s own popular series of hymn sings. He has recorded six albums of sacred piano arrangements, and one of all-organ sacred selections. He plays the piano and organ regularly at Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, CA.


Concert attendance is free. Buffet and Saturday stay guests are given preferred seating. Register online or over the phone for tickets.

2018 Summer Concert Buffet Dinner Pricing
 Adults (13+)Kids (4–12)Kids (0–3)


Saturday Night Stay (Available only by phone) Limited overnight housing is available by phone registration only. Sunday breakfast is not included. There is no Sunday worship gathering.

Saturday Night Stay 
 One Adult + HousingAdditional AdultAdditional ChildAdditional Toddler


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For this concert a round-trip luxury coach shuttle between Calvary Church Los Gatos and Mount Hermon is available. The shuttle departs Calvary Church Los Gatos at 4:00 pm sharp (please arrive at 3:45) and will leave Mount Hermon after the concert, arriving back at Calvary Church at approximately 10:00 pm. 

Calvary Church Los Gatos: 16330 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

You can sign up for the shuttle during the registration process after you select a seating time for dinner. The rate for the shuttles is $15 per person.  Please contact Registration at 888.642.2677 if you have any questions.