WEST HARTFORD — On Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at 12:30 p.m., Music at the Red Door presents a performance by organist Scott Lamlein, in the first of the 2020 Pipes Alive! series of organ recitals by regional artists performing on the celebrated Austin pipe organ at St John’s Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Ave., (near Prospect), in West Hartford. Admission is free for this half-hour event.
Inaugurated in 2015, the Pipes Alive! concerts take place on the first Sunday of each month from January through June, and draw enthusiastic audiences to hear the region’s finest organists play on one of the most versatile pipe organs in the area.
“This marvelous pipe organ, built by Hartford-based Austin Organs, serves not only the church and its congregation, but the whole community,” said Lamlein, who is also Artistic Director of Music at the Red Door and Director of Music and Organist for St. John’s. “Through this series of free recitals, we welcome everyone to experience the amazing sonic experience of a pipe organ in live performance.”
Music-lovers may not be familiar with the astonishing power and range of color of the pipe organ as heard in music composed for concert performances. Lamlein’s recital will display the versatility of the Austin Organ at St. John’s, from the intricacies of Bach’s choral prelude “In dir ist Freude” (BWV 615, “In thee is joy”) to the almost-overwhelming acoustic experience of “Carillon de Westminster,” an expansive variation on the famous Westminster chimes, composed in the French symphonic style by Louis Vierne. The program acknowledges the close of the Christmas season with music by two American composers, “Variations on a Basque Noel” by Carson Cooman and “Berceuse on a Cradle Song” by June Nixon. Max Reger’s Weihnachten (“Christmas”) is a somber but hopeful reflection on Christmas during times of war.
Active as a concert organist, church musician, choral conductor, teacher, and concert presenter, Lamlein is noted for his inspiring musicianship; a review in The American Organist, the journal of the American Guild of Organists, noted that “he plays with conviction, infusing virtuosic flair and fire” in the music.
Each year, Music at the Red Door presents dozens of musical and cultural events, including the Pipes Alive! organ series; choral and chamber music concerts; guest choirs and ensembles; and special events such as the annual Lessons and Carols service and an annual choral concert, Choral Music for the Soul.
The 2020 Pipes Alive! series presents a half-hour organ recital on the first Sunday of each month from January through June:
January 5, 2020, 12:30 p.m. — Scott Lamlein
February 2, 2020, 12:30 p.m. — Cheryl Wadsworth
March 1, 2020, 12:30 p.m. — Grant Wareham
April 5, 2020, 12:30 p.m. — Zachary Schurman
May 3, 2020, 12:30 p.m. — Michelle Horsley
June 7, 2020, 12:30 p.m. — Benjamin Straley
Admission is free to all events presented by Music at the Red Door; free-will donations in any amount are accepted at the door.
For more information visit www.reddoormusic.org/