Dr. Jeremy Thompson will be in concert Friday at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. He will be on the Goulding and Wood organ.

It’s part of the Jane and Bill Smith Memorial Concert Series.

A reception to meet Thompson will follow the concert.

Thompson was born in Dipper Harbour, a small fishing village in New Brunswick, Canada.

He earned a Doctorate of Music in performance from McGill University in 2005, where he held two of Canda’s most prestigious doctoral fellowships.

Thompson has appeared frequently with various orchestras, including the Saint Petersburg State Academic Orchestra, the Saratov Philharmonic Orchestra, the Georgian National Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Charlottesville Symphony and the McGill Symphony Orchestra. He has performed throughout North America in solo and chamber music settings. He also did three tours to the former Soviet Union.

He began organ studies while in Montreal and studied with Dr. John Grew at McGill University.

Thompson recently released a recording of piano music from Quebec on McGill Records.

This year, he released a recording of piano music by Scribain on the MSC Classics label to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. He is also releasing a recording of works by Franck, Reger, Durulfe and others, performed on the Casavant organ at First Presbyterian Church of Charlottesville, where he is currently director of music.

Other projects include a recording of the organ music of Karl Holler, studies of 16th and 17th century Italian organ music, a piano recording of the music of Vasily Kalifati and conducting performances of Jake Heggie’s opera “Dead Man Walking.”

The concert at First Presbyterian Church is free. For more information, call 919-734-5392.