Zoller performs annual Broad Bay organ concert

Aug 09, 2017
Jay Harold Zoller

Waldoboro — Jay Harold Zoller will be the featured performer at the annual organ concert at Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ, 941 Main St./Route 220. The community event will take place Friday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m., followed by a refreshment hour.

Zoller, director of music and organist at South Parish Church in Augusta, is retired from the Andover Organ Co., where he built and designed pipe organs. He writes articles and reviews of organ music for the Diapason magazine and, since retirement, has increased his concert activities. Zoller has played concerts in Germany, including recitals in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne.

In the last year, Zoller has played programs in New England, as well as Wyoming and Nebraska. He lives in Newcastle with his wife, Rachel; is a docent at the Farnsworth Art Museum; and also paints.

The concert program is weighted toward more contemporary composers, but will include a rarely heard work by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Prelude and Fugue in D minor. Zoller also will play works by Derek Bourgeois (Serenade, Opus 22), Joe Utterback (“Go Down Moses, Standin’ in the Need of Prayer, Every Time I Feel the Spirit”), Carson Cooman (Ceremonial Suite, Opus 1215 and Concertino III) and Thomas Aberg (Fantasy in A minor, I Folkton, Festival Voluntary).

The selection from Bourgeois, a semi-retired composer living in England, is perky and offbeat and one of his most-often played pieces. Utterback, an American composer, specializes in composing and performing in a jazz style. Cooman, composer in residence at Harvard University Chapel, dedicated his Concertina III to Maine organist Kevin Birch, who has given several of Broad Bay’s summer organ concerts.  Works by Aberg, a well-known Swedish organist and composer, are known for their rhythmic joy, simplicity, and humor.

A free-will offering will go to the Broad Bay Congregational UCC building fund. For more information, call 832-6898.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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