BANGOR – The 29th series of summer recitals on Maine’s largest 19th-century mechanical-action pipe organ, the magnificent Opus 288 by E. & GG Hook, at St. John’s Church at 207 York Street in Bangor continues later this week. The series features internationally renowned organists as well as local artists. Recitals are one hour long and take place Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations for organ maintenance are appreciated. The concerts are sponsored by St. Paul the Apostle Parish of Bangor and the St. John’s Organ Society. The organ society is committed to preserving and enhancing Opus 288, which was built in 1860 and remains one of the finest organs of its time. Here is the upcoming schedule:
Dr Juan Mesa
Dr. Juan A. Mesa will perform the music of JS Bach, Marcel Dupré and Josef Rheinberger. Originally from Chile, Dr. Mesahas has given solo recitals in the United States, Canada, Chile and Argentina, and has collaborated with the Indiana-based Exordium Baroque Ensemble, Trinity Episcopal Church Choirs in Indianapolis, the MYRIAM ensemble from Boston and the Children’s Choir of the University of Notre Dame, among others. He is co-founder of The Miscellaneous Note, a Boston-based early music ensemble that specializes in underrepresented music for plucked string instruments and early keyboards. He is currently a University Organist and Assistant Professor of Music Performance at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.
Sarah Johnson will perform the music of John Knowles Paine, Jacques van Oortmerssen and JS Bach. Johnson is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. A native of Garland, Maine, Johnson has performed in New York at Central Synagogue and in Boston at Old West, Trinity Copley and Holy Name Parish. She was named an E. Power Biggs Fellow of the Organ Historical Society in 2013. Johnson was featured as a rising star and guest recitalist at the 2017 Musforum conference in Omaha, Nebraska, and participated in a masterclass at Aspen Music Festivals in Colorado. . She recently performed at Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Methuen, MA during their 74e annual series.
Katherine Johnson will perform music by Felix Mendelssohn, Florence Price and Ethel Smyth. Johnson is a senior in the organ department at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. Johnson received first prize in the high school division of the Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition, and later performed in the winner’s recital at the 2017 Schweitzer Festival. She has competed in several other competitions in the United States, including the Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists, the Greater Columbia AGO Competition, and the ECMAEF Competition in Greenville, North Carolina.
Daniel Pyle and Catherine Bull
The concert features Daniel Pyle (organ) and Catherine Bull (flute) performing the music of Gabriel Fauré, Jehan Alain, César Franck and JS Bach. Daniel Pyle is artistic director of the Acadia Choral Society and harpsichordist and conductor of the baroque ensemble Universal Harmony. Catherine Bull pursues an active career in modern and historical flutes. She is the flautist of the ensemble Universal Harmony, and for 20 years was principal flautist of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, as well as principal of the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta. For the National Flute Association, she has presented workshops and recitals, and chaired and judged national competitions.
Kevin Birch will perform the music of Dudley Buck, Arthur Foote and Robert Schumann. Since 1992 he has been Music Director of St. John’s Church in Bangor and Executive Director of St. John’s Organ Society. Birch is a member of the music faculty at the School of the Performing Arts at the University of Maine at Orono and has given solo recitals in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and for several national conventions. of the Organ Historical Society.
For more information about the series, contact St. Paul the Apostle Parish at (207) 217-6740 or visit www.hookopus288.net.