The 23rd annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford featured the Young Professionals competition and a sonic feast of concerts and recitals, including performances with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Scroll below to view a gallery of photos from the opening of the 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Friday Photos by John Woike | Samara Media, LLC

Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra

Friday, September 27, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 29, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra | Carolyn Kuan, music director
Christopher Houlihan, organist | John Nowacki, narrator

Including Gene Scheer’s Albert Schweitzer Portrait and Joseph Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante for organ and orchestra. A pre-concert talk is offered one hour before each performance, in the Admissions and Career Development Center.

from Left to Right: Vaughn Mauren ’07 (ASOFH Artistic Director), Joe Russel (Second Prize), Thomas Murray, Elena Baquerizo (Third Prize), Diane Meredith Belcher, John Rose, Alexander Pattavina (First Prize)

Young Professional Division Competition

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Each of three finalists presents a 45-minute solo recital including some of the most beautiful and technically challenging music in the organ repertoire. This year’s judges are distinguished organists Diane Meredith Belcher, Thomas Murray, and John Rose. The first prize includes $15,000 to encourage and support the winner’s continuing musical education.

Winner’s Recital

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
This year’s first-prize winner presents a solo recital.

Choral Evensong

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
Featuring the Festival Choir: The Chapel Singers of Trinity College and the choirs of St. James’s and St. John’s Churches, West Hartford. Music of Radcliffe, Stanford, and Gardiner. Vaughn Mauren and Scott Lamlein, conductors; Benjamin Straley, organist. A reflection will be offered by The Rev. Dr. Sidnie White Crawford, Trinity College ’81, Willa Cather Professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism Emerita, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Hymn Playing Competition

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m. The finalists compete once more, this time for the $2,500 David Spicer Hymn Playing Prize, demonstrating their ability to inspire and lead several hundred people in song. Joe Russel — 2019 Prize winner