Celebration Concert – Benjamin Straley, organist
Friday, September 22 from 7:30pm-9pm
Church of Christ, Congregational, Newington
1075 Main Street, Newington, CT, 06111
Life of a Cathedral Musician –
A Conversation with Benjamin Straley
An informal conversation, with Peter Niedmann and Benjamin Straley, about life as the organist at a very busy American cathedral. Benjamin will share stories about his time at Washington National Cathedral, both serious and humorous.
Saturday, September 23
10:00 – 11:30 am
Church of Christ, Congregational
1075 Main St., Newington, CT
Washington National Cathedral Organist, Benjamin Straley, performs at this celebration concert, co-sponsored with the American Guild of Organists. Our organ, Moller Opus 10306, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Included on the program is the world premiere of ‘Jubilate Deo’ by English composer Philip Moore. The piece was commissioned for the event with the financial support of the Marjorie Jolidon Fund. Also on the program are works by Bach, Langlais, Whitlock, Willan, and more.
The Rev. Benjamin Straley is Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral. Prior to this appointment, he was Organ Scholar at Trinity Church (Episcopal), New Haven as well as Director of Music for the Episcopal Church at Yale.
Upon the completion of his undergraduate studies with Marilyn Keiser at Indiana University, he entered the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in 2008, where he studied with Martin Jean and Jeffrey Brillhart. In 2010, he became one of the few Americans in the history of the Haarlem Organ Festival to compete in its world-renowned improvisation contest. He was featured in the May 2015 issue of The Diapason as one of the “Top 20 under 30” young organists in the country.