Alexander Pattavina and Daniel Ficarri in joint recital at St. James’s Episcopal Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm, reception following
Alexander Pattavina and Daniel Ficarri, two extraordinarily talented young organists, will perform a joint recital featuring works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn at St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm. Both artists are undergraduate students of Paul Jacobs, the Grammy Award-winning organist and Chair of the Organ Department at the Juilliard School. The performance will be followed by a festive sherry reception. Free admission, with donations accepted and appreciated.
Mr. Ficarri is organ scholar at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City, where he founded a music series to help promote the pipe organ in the Lincoln Center neighborhood and raise money for the restoration of the parish organ. As an avid and accomplished composer, he recently received a commission from Manfred Honeck, Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Pattavina is currently the Robert G. Owen Organ Scholar at Christ Church Bronxville. Previously he was organ scholar at St. Paul’s, Harvard Square, where he also sang as a boy chorister. During his time at Juilliard, Mr. Pattavina took part in an 18-hour marathon performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s complete organ works, featuring the Juilliard Organ Department at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, New York City. This historic performance was broadcast live on WQXR FM. Mr. Pattavina is no stranger to Hartford; in both 2013 and 2014 he was a prize-winner in the high school division of the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival.