Now in its 23rd season, the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford brings some of the world’s best young organists to Hartford to perform – and compete – on the renowned 5,000-pipe Austin organ at Trinity College Chapel. To bookend the 2019 Festival competition, acclaimed concert organist Christopher Houlihan, a past winner of the Festival, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Carolyn Kuan, Music Director), present two performances of the epic Symphonie Concertantefor grand organ and orchestra by Joseph Jongen. Mr. Houlihan, who has been described as “one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists,” will also perform organ works by Bach and Widor (the opening movement of the Sixth Symphony, transcribed for organ and orchestra by the composer). Carolyn Kuan and Dr. Lisa Wong, an expert on the life and work of Albert Schweitzer, will join Mr. Houlihan in presenting a 30-minute talk an hour before the start of each program. This discussion will take place in the Grand Room of the Admissions and Career Development Center, directly north of the Trinity College Chapel.
Each of three finalists performs a 45 minute recital with repertoire of their choosing. The competition will be judged by renowned organists Diane Meredith Belcher, Thomas Murray, and John Rose. Listeners may choose to attend any or all of the recitals.Elena Baquerizo opens the competition at 10:00 a.m., followed by Alexander Pattavina at 11:00 a.m. and Joseph Russell at 12:45 p.m.
This ancient service of sung evening prayer is open all. Come and hear the organ as liturgical art form, blending with our Festival Choir to present great choral music from the English cathedral tradition, including selections by Radcliffe, Stanford, and Gardiner. The Chapel Singers of Trinity College join with the choirs of St. James's Episcopal Church, and St. John's Episcopal Church (both in West Hartford) under the direction of Vaughn Mauren and Scott Lamlein, choirmasters. The service will be accompanied by Benjamin Straley, former Organist of Washington National Cathedral.
An encore presentation of the Opening Concert (see details above for September 27), featuring the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Carolyn Kuan conducting, and Christopher Houlihan, Trinity College Organist. Carolyn Kuan and Dr. Lisa Wong, an expert on the life and work of Albert Schweitzer, will join Mr. Houlihan in presenting a 30-minute talk an hour before the start of each program. This discussion will take place in the Grand Room of the Admissions and Career Development Center, directly north of the Trinity College Chapel.
Parking and accessibility
Parking for ASOFH events at the Trinity College Chapel is allowed in any campus parking spot, including those marked for college registered vehicles. The closest parkingspaces are on Summit Street and in the lots adjacent to Jarvis and Seabury Halls.
For those with mobility concerns, at the concerts on Friday, September 27 and Sunday, September 29 a complimentary golf-cart shuttle will be available from the Hansen Hall parking lot, located off Vernon Street. The shuttle will begin service 30 minutes prior to the pre-concert talks and will be available before and following the concerts. Please allow ample time to use this service.
The Chapel’s accessible ramp entrance is located through the north cloister, near Downes Memorial. Accessible restrooms are located at the Admissions and Career Development Center and are not available in the Chapel.
Additional parking may be found by Ferris Athletic Center, accessed through the campus entrance near 1705 Broad Street.
A campus map is available at https://map.trincoll.edu.