Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival 2024


The Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is thrilled to announce its collaboration with the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival for an extraordinary musical event set to captivate audiences this fall. The collaboration will take place at the Trinity College Chapel on Saturday, September 21, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m.

The program will feature orchestral works performed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, complemented by an organ solo by the distinguished competition winner. This collaboration has been a significant and rewarding endeavor blending the talents of accomplished musicians of the HSO and festival organists.

At the core of the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford lies a noble mission – to nurture and empower young organists in the early stages of their education and careers, while fostering a deeper appreciation for organ music among the general public. Anchored by an annual national competition, the festival provides a platform for budding organists to showcase their skills and compete for substantial cash prizes to support their artistic endeavors.

The Trinity College organ, a magnificent instrument installed in 1971 by Austin Organs, Inc. of Hartford, Connecticut, will serve as the centerpiece of this collaborative performance. Built upon the rich traditions of organ building spanning three centuries, the Trinity College organ boasts a unique blend of historical significance and contemporary craftsmanship. Designed by Charles Nazarian, ’73, the organ’s casework draws inspiration from classical French organ cases, adding to its allure and grandeur.

“We are honored to partner with the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival for this important occasion,” said Steve Collins, President and CEO of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. “This collaboration not only celebrates the exceptional talents of young organists but also highlights the beauty and versatility of the organ as an instrument. Together, we look forward to delivering a performance that will resonate throughout the beauty of the Trinity College Chapel.”

This collaboration between the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival promises to be an extraordinary celebration of musical excellence. Don’t miss the opportunity experience this beautiful event at Trinity College Chapel on Saturday, September 21, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m.