Sean Fleming will return for Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ’s 11th annual organ concert Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. The concert features Opus No. 793, Waldoboro’s 1875 historic Hook and Hastings organ, at the in-village church, 941 Main St./Route 220.

Fleming is renowned for his work as organist, pianist, accompanist and music director throughout the United States. He serves as music director for the Young at Heart group and accompanies the St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, as well as the Bowdoin, Lincoln Festival, Midcoast Community and Sheepscot choruses. He regularly works with Downeast Singers and Tapestry Singers. Fleming has performed as accompanist in recitals at Bates, Bowdoin and Colby colleges, Round Top Center for the Arts, University of Southern Maine, University of Michigan School of Music and many other venues. He serves as organist at St. Andrew’s in Newcastle.

This, Fleming’s second performance at the annual concert, begins the second decade of the Broad Bay Church series. He is among the ranks of other skilled organists who have celebrated Opus No. 793; Kevin Birch from Bangor has performed five times, including the first three concerts starting in 2006, followed by Midcoast organists Leticia vanVuuren, Jay Zoller and Carroll Smith.

The organ is a remarkable part of the community’s history. It was hand-built in Boston 131 years ago and transported to Waldoboro, probably by ship.

“Over the decades, this organ has comforted the tearful, brought hope to the hopeless and expressed the joys of three distinct communities of faith: the Congregational Church, which disbanded in the early 20th century; the First Baptist Church; and now Broad Bay,” said Broad Bay Church Pastor Nancy Duncan said at the 2006 concert.

Over the last 10 years, the Broad Bay congregation and the Waldoboro community have provided substantial encouragement and financial support to restore and maintain Opus No. 793 to its original beauty. The restoration was done under the direction of David E. Wallace & Co.

In order to make this concert available to all in the community regardless of economic means, there is no charge. Donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, call 832-6898; email at; or visit

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