Annual organ concert at Broad Bay
Waldoboro — Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ, 941 Main St./Route 220, will host organist Kevin Birch, accompanied by violinist Anatole Wieck and cellist Abraham Ross, Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. Birch will play Waldoboro’s historic Hook and Hastings Organ, built in 1875. Works will feature the Suite for Organ, Violin and Cello, Opus 149, by Joseph Rheinberger (1839-1901); and solo works for organ.
In 2006, Birch first played a summer concert at the Broad Bay Church and his skill and the sounds of the Hook & Hasting Organ inspired the Broad Bay Church and the wider community to move ahead with restoring the instrument, which was built in 1875 in Boston and contains 525 pipes.
David Wallace, president of David Wallace & Co, Pipe Organ Builders of Gorham, Maine, has said the organ is “now good for another 100 years.” He will start the evening with a description of the organ, the work he has completed and the work that is still to be done.
Birch holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa, with previous studies at New England Conservatory in Boston and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Since 1992, he has served as Director of Music at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor, where he also directs the St. John’s Organ Society. He is a member of the music faculty at the University of Maine’s School of the Performing Arts in Orono.
Maine’s globe-trotting Wieck was born in Latvia, received his first musical education in Riga and Moscow and came to the United States in 1973 to study violin and viola at the Juilliard School of Music, where earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts. Since 1986, he Wieck has taught upper strings at the University of Maine and conducted the University of Maine Orchestra.
Rounding out the trio is Ross of Holden, who began learning cello at age 12. Ross played in the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra, University of Maine Orchestra, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and Maine All State Orchestra; and appeared in 2011 in a master class with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and as a finalist in the BSO’s High School Concerto Competition. He studies as an Organ Scholar at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and continues his studies on cello as a second instrument.
Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ offers this annual organ concert free of charge to the community; donations will be accepted. For more information, call 832-6898 or email waldoucc@Midcoast.com. The church is located near the post office.
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