Organ & Recitals

2018–2019 St. Michael's Concert Series

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.” —Victor Hugo

We cordially invite you to join us for a distinguished series of organ recitals—and this year, a vocal performance—at St. Michaelís Church. Built in 1714, the church is home to the 22-stop 1975 Charles Fisk mechanical action organ, and it enjoys an acoustical space that is ideal for organ music.

Our artists have chosen programs that range from the 18th-century tradition of Bach and his contemporaries to works by living composers.

A suggested donation of $10 may be made at the door. Subscriptions to support all five concerts may be purchased for $50.

Please join us in welcoming this distinguished group of musicians to St. Michael's Church.

Concert Schedule

Sunday October 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Barbara Bruns, organist

Saturday January 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm
The American SongBook
Sarah Hunter & Katie Hoyer, vocalists, and Douglas Major, piano

Sunday February 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Douglas Major, organist
rescheduled from November!

Sunday March 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Rosalind Mohnsen, organist

Sunday May 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Brink Bush, organist

About the Performers

Barbara Bruns
Barbara Bruns
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Barbara Bruns is Minister of Music at the Parish of Christ Church in Andover, where she serves as organist–choirmaster, overseeing a multi-choir program and a concert series featuring C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 137, built in 2012. Born in Tokyo, Ms. Bruns received her early musical training in Japan, and earned her Master of Music degree in organ performance, with honors, under the tutelage of Yuko Hayashi at the New England Conservatory. An accomplished recitalist, accompanist, and conductor, Ms. Bruns has concertized extensively in the United States, Europe, and Japan. She'll play works by Daniel Pinkham, James Woodman, David Dahl, and J.S. Bach.

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Douglas Major

Our own Music Director Doug Major will perform a program of music that will include Bach, Howells, Guilmant, and a new work of his, "Toccata for Organ". Formerly Organist and Choirmaster at Washington National Cathedral, he has led the Music Program at St. Michael’s since 2003.

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Katie Hoyer, Doug Major, and Sarah Hunter (l-r)

For our third year of exploring the American SongBook, Sarah, and Katie have chosen some art songs and some favorite ballads. They will also present the world of Doug Major's "Nathaniel Hawthorne Poems" song clcyle. The Parish Hall is an excellent venue for up-close acoustic vocals and more. Donít miss this one!

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Rosalind Mohnsen

Rosalind Mohnsen is Director of Music and Organist at Immaculate Conception Church of Malden, MA. She received degrees from the University of Nebraska and Indiana University, and studied in Paris with Jean Langlais. She has performed in Latvia and Sweden, for 23 national conventions of the Organ Historical Society and for the 2014 national convention of the American Guild of Organists. She plays piano in the Boston Symphony Café. Her program will include works by Widor, Respighi (both based on Bach), Schumann (fugues on BACH), Kittel, Mendelssohn, and Bach.

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Brink Bush

Our next recital: Sunday May 19, 2019
Brink Bush is one of the leading interpreters of German Romantic organ music in the world today. He has performed and has made an extensive study of the organ works of the German–American composer, Wilhelm Middelschulte (1863–1943). Mr. Bush has performed throughout the United States, Germany, France, Austria, and Israel, and made his German debut at the Berlin Cathedral in 2001. He recently performed Middelschulte's arrangement of the Bach Goldberg Variations at Westminster Cathedral, London, and at Harvard University. His program will include works by Jean Francaix, Henri Nibelle, Anthony Newman, and Josef Rheinberger.

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