Dear Friends of the Cathedral Organ Restoration Fund,
This year marks two significant milestones for those of us at the Cathedral; the 25th Anniversary of our Annual Organ Benefit Recitals, and my 50th year as a church organist!
Our 25th Annual Organ Benefit Recital (co-sponsored by the Boston AGO), will take place on Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m., and we have invited Thomas Murray of Yale University to be our guest artist. Tom has been a wonderful friend to Opus 801 for many years through articles, and a recording documenting the organs of the Immaculate Conception Church on Harrison Avenue, and a demonstration of the then barely playable Cathedral organ. Professor Murray’s recital will include music of Weitz, Rheinberger, Bossi, Schumann and Widor – music perfectly suited to this magnificent instrument, and its vast acoustical setting.
The Year of the Worcester Organ – Celebrating 150 Years of the 64-rank E. & G. G. Hook
The WPI Brass Ensemble under the direction of Doug Weeks will join local organists William Ness, Malcolm
Halliday, Peter Krasinski (Dean, Boston AGO), Robin Dinda, Renea Waligora, Lucia Clemente Falco, and Will Sherwood (Dean, WorcAGO & Artistic Director of Mech Hall Organ Series) to perform an extraordinary concert of grand repertoire that has historical connections – major works accessible and enjoyable for both the layperson and seasoned musician. Included in the concert will be organ solos, duets, organ+brass, and ending with an audience sing-along of the Battle Hymn of the Republic (organ+brass). A special organ duet will be premiered, written for this concert by local composer Robin Dinda.
Also performing will be special guest organist Ray Cornils, Portland Municipal Organist, a fitting position to honor The Worcester Organ housed in the elegant and historic performance hall setting in downtown Worcester.