Presenting some of the nation’s finest concert organists performing on Trinity’s 4,416-pipe organ, built in 1971 by Hartford’s own Austin Organs, Inc. Admission for all Trinity Organ Series performances is free.
Joshua Stafford, organ
Friday, February 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Winner of the 2016 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition
As a recitalist, improviser, choral accompanist, and silent film accompanist, Stafford has performed at many notable venues, including the Wanamaker Organ at Macy’s Center City in Philadelphia, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and Spivey Hall in Georgia. He has appeared with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), and recordings of his performances have been aired on MPR’s Pipedreams and WRTI’s Wanamaker Organ Hour.
“He demonstrated music-making of the highest order … played with delight and musical intensity.”—The Diapason
Chelsea Chen, organ
Friday, March 27, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
The Annual Clarence Watters Memorial Recital
Presented with the Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Organist and composer Chelsea Chen is internationally renowned for her concerts of “rare musicality” and “lovely lyrical grandeur” and a compositional style that is “charming” and “irresistible” (Los Angeles Times). She has electrified audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia in venues such as Singapore’s Esplanade, Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre, Kishinev’s National Organ Hall, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. As a composer, she is broadening the classical organ repertoire with her own works based on Asian folksongs.
“The range of tonal colors and variety of nuance in texture and style she brought to each work revealed a depth of musicality that delighted and inspired the audience, who awarded her an enthusiastic standing ovation.”—Kansas City Star