Bach’s Birthday in Somers – Celebrate With Us!

“Bach in Somers” – Saturday, March 21st, 2015, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Somers Congregational Church, 599 Main Street, Somers, CT 06071

 

Join us on March 21st for “Bach in Somers,” a very special celebration of Bach’s birthday with concert and recording artist Christa Rakich. Christa is Artist-in-Residence at the Congregational Church of Somers and also directs the music program at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford. She has served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Brandeis University, New England Conservatory, and the University of Connecticut, and as Assistant University Organist at Harvard. Other Artist-in-Residencies have included the University of Pennsylvania and First Lutheran Church in Boston.

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“Bach in Somers” also celebrates the new organ which was installed this past year in Somers, after a devastating fire consumed the meetinghouse (and its organ) on New Year’s Day, 2012. The day will begin at 9:30 with a demonstration of the new Richards and Fowkes tracker organ. Christa, who worked closely with the organ builders, will talk about that experience and tell us how the organ came to be. She will then give us some thoughts about Johann Sebastian Bach, including some guidelines for playing his organ works. A masterclass will follow at around 10:30. If you are interested in playing in the masterclass we still have room for a couple more players. Christa will share her insights concerning registration, articulation, tempo, and much more. At 11:30 we will take a short lunch break, followed at noon by some informal, ‘open bench’ time for those who would like to try the organ out for themselves. Christa will be on hand to answer questions, continue previous discussions and offer some parting thoughts. No matter how often you play Bach, or what organ you practice on, we guarantee you will learn something useful and interesting.

The event is free, but registration is required (so we know how much lunch to order).

Contact Kari Magg at kari.magg@snet.net to register for this event.