In Memoriam: For all the fans that were introduced to soprano Kathleen Battle through the documentary “Baroque Duet” there was a sweet organist that we all took to as well, Marion Parker who passed away on April 19.
by Patrick D. McCoy
The still celebrated documentary “Baroque Duet” that featured soprano Kathleen Battle and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis remains both a visual and audio feast for the music lover. There were quite a few cameo appearances throughout the film that are quite touching: Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis and the great vocal coach, Sylvia Olden Lee.
But there was yet another beautifully humble musician that appeared sort of quietly in the background. In the film, Ms. Battle returns to her hometown and sings the hymn “I Trust in God” accompanied by Marion Parker on the organ at the Allen Chapel AME Church on Easter Sunday. Parker served as organist there for 50 years.