Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra: The Opening Concert of the 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival

Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra: The Opening Concert of the 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival

Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra: The Opening Concert of the 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival

Friday, September 27, 2019 - Sunday, September 29, 2019

Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit Street, Hartford
Friday, September 27th at 8pm
Sunday, September 29th at 3pm


Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Symphony for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 42[bis]: 1. Allegro maestoso
Christopher Houlihan, organist

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564
Christopher Houlihan, Organist

Gene Scheer (b. 1958)
Albert Schweitzer Portrait
John Nowacki, narrator

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Symphony No 5 in D Major, Opus 107 1. Chorale: Andante con moto – Allegro vivace


Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)
Symphonie Concertante, Opus 81
Christopher Houlihan, organist

Carolyn Kuan conductor
Christopher Houlihan organist
John Nowacki narrator

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Now in its 23rd season, the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford brings some of the world’s best young organists to Hartford to perform – and compete – on the renowned 5,000-pipe Austin organ at Trinity College Chapel. To bookend the 2019 Festival competition, acclaimed concert organist Christopher Houlihan, a past winner of the Festival, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Carolyn Kuan, Music Director), present two performances of the epic Symphonie Concertante for grand organ and orchestra by Joseph Jongen. Mr. Houlihan, who has been described as “one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists,” will also perform organ works by Bach and Widor (the opening movement of the Sixth Symphony). The program also includes the fourth movement of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D Major and an orchestral portrait of Albert Schweitzer by Gene Scheer.

Carolyn Kuan and Dr. Lisa Wong, an expert on the life and work of Albert Schweitzer, will join Mr. Houlihan in presenting a 30-minute talk an hour before the start of each program. This discussion will take place in the Grand Room of the Admissions and Career Development Center, directly north of the Trinity College Chapel.

Seating plan

Parking and accessibility

Parking for ASOFH events at the Trinity College Chapel is allowed in any campus parking spot, including those marked for college registered vehicles. The closest parking spaces are on Summit Street and in the lots adjacent to Jarvis and Seabury Halls.

For those with mobility concerns, a complimentary golf-cart shuttle will be available from the Hansen Hall parking lot, located off Vernon Street. The shuttle will begin service 30 minutes prior to the pre-concert talks and will be available before and following the concerts. Please allow ample time to use this service.

The Chapel’s accessible ramp entrance is located through the north cloister, near Downes Memorial. Accessible restrooms are located at the Admissions and Career Development Center and are not available in the Chapel.

Additional parking may be found by Ferris Athletic Center, accessed through the campus entrance near 1705 Broad Street.

A campus map is available at https://map.trincoll.edu.

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