HSO Extended

Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra

September 21-22, 2024

Saturday at 8 PM
Sunday at 3 PM

Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT

Tickets on Sale June 10, 2024


Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Hanson Concerto for Organ, Harp and Strings, Op. 22, No. 3
Guilmant Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra, Op. 42


Carolyn Kuan conductor
Christopher Houlihan organist


The Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford, in residence at Trinity College since 2016, sponsors one of North America’s top competitions for young organists. This year’s Festival Concert brings the Hartford Symphony back to Trinity College, Carolyn Kuan conducting, to perform again with internationally renowned concert organist, Christopher Houlihan. The forces of the Hartford Symphony, paired with the thrilling Austin pipe organ in Trinity College’s neo-Gothic Chapel, makes for an unforgettable sonic experience. The program begins with a rapturous fantasia by Vaughan Williams, inspired by the music of English renaissance composer and organist, Thomas Tallis. Christopher Houlihan joins with the orchestra to perform Howard Hanson’s lyrical organ concerto and Alexandre Guilmant’s fiery First Symphony—a conclusion featuring musical fireworks for the organist’s hands and feet.

Looking for more organ music? The ASOFH Young Professional Competition takes place Saturday, September 21, starting at 10 AM. Three finalists each present a 45-minute solo recital, competing for $29,000 in prizes. Free and open to the public.


Information on parking and accessibility may be found here.

Attend the FREE pre-concert talk with Maestro Kuan, Christopher Houlihan, and Sean Duffy, Executive Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University, one hour before the concert! Location: Borges Admissions Center, directly north of the Chapel.

Applaud when you like what you hear – don’t worry about the “right” time!

Wear what you want – be comfortable.

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