WEST HARTFORD — Music at the Red Door, the music series at St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford, will present a new series of live-streamed Wednesday recital series during November, according to an email from series organizers. The half-hour performances, featuring local organists, will take place each Wednesday in November at 12:15 p.m. via St. John’s YouTube channel and St. John’s Facebook page.
The series is offered not only to provide musical enrichment to the community, but to encourage donations to help vulnerable people who are especially affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“These online recitals are offered as a benefit for people in Greater Hartford who are deeply affected by COVID-19: the homeless and the hungry,” said Scott Lamlein, artistic director of Music at the Red Door and director of music and organist for St. John’s. “We encourage our online listeners to thank our performers by donating generously to organizations that help people who may be stretched to the limit in this time of special need.”
Listeners are invited to donate to Loaves & Fishes, Journey Home, and/or Food Share. Links to these charities will be available on the streaming page.
“Since we are not yet able to welcome music-lovers to St. John’s beautiful building for live concerts during this time of social isolation, we invite everyone to join us online for some much-needed musical refreshment,” explained Lamlein.
Soon after pandemic-related restrictions went into effect in March, Music at the Red Door established the popular Wednesday Online Recital Series. Between March and June, the online series presented more than a dozen livestreamed performances by highly-regarded local musicians performing in their home studios or on the organ at St. John’s.
“When the coronavirus pandemic caused St. John’s Church to close in mid-March, Music at the Red Door quickly pivoted to an online program, with the Wednesday series of benefit recitals featuring local musicians, plus three Pipes Alive! organ recitals and a chamber music concert from our ensemble-in-residence, the New World Trio,” said Lamlein. “Though these informal recitals can’t offer the grand in-person acoustic experience of a live recital in a resonant space such as we have at St. John’s, the video technology allows for close-up views of our guest performers and their instruments. Music-lovers of all ages enjoy these programs, and we hope that when we are able to resume live performances at St. John’s, we will welcome many new listeners.”
The November recital series includes performances by Ezequiel Menendez, organist at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford; Edward Clark, organist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Christa Rakich, a local organist acclaimed around the world for her interpretations of Baroque keyboard music; and the organ students of Scott Lamlein.
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