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November 4, 2016
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Congregation Beth Israel Hosts Local Organists In New Concert Series
WEST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT - Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford’s historic Reform Jewish synagogue, presents the second concert in a new series featuring leading area organists. The concert will take place on Sunday, November 20th at 3:00 PM at 701 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford.
The concert features Susan Carroll, Organist and Music Associate at Asylum Hill Congregation Church in Hartford, and Scott Lamlein, Music Director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford. The program is entitled “Music of the Heavens,” and includes works by Sigfrid Karg-Elert,Tomas Albinoni, Noel Goemanne, Dan Locklair, Henri Mulet, Felix Mendelssohn, J.S. Bach, Percy Whitlock, Herbert Howells, and Louis Vierne.
Susan Carroll is an innovative and sensitive musician who loves to communicate through many diverse genres of music, from Bach on the pipe organ to a toe tapping gospel hymn on the piano. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Susan began studying organ and playing for church services in high school and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music Degree from Yale University and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.As an organist she has performed with the Providence Singers and South County Chamber Singers as well as organ recitals in Rhode Island, Georgia, and Connecticut.
Cited by The American Organist magazine as infusing his music with “virtuosic flair and fire,” Scott’s performances, whether on organ or piano, bring unique emotional and spiritual inspiration to his audiences. In demand as a concert artist, Scott has appeared at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, First Night Worcester (MA), and the Organ Masters Series in Nashua (NH). He has concertized in Germany and Switzerland, as well as in metro Boston and New York.
Congregation Beth Israel’s organ was designed by the Austin Organ company, located on Woodland Street in Hartford since 1899. In 1934, the company’s renowned tonal designer, James B. Jamison, crafted a unique organ to suit the acoustics of the congregation’s sanctuary, incorporating a unique stop that reproduces the sound of the shofar, the traditional Jewish ritual instrument made from a ram’s horn. Restored in 2006, the instrument is a designated historic organ by the Organ Historical Society of America.
The series is organized by Natasha Ulyanovsky, Music Director at Congregation Beth Israel, along with Arnold Chase, Bernard Kosto, and Jim and Diane Friedman.
The final concert of the season will take place on Sunday, December 18th at 3:00, and will feature Christa Rakich and Natasha Ulyanovsky in a “Holiday Spectacular” program.
General admission is $15, students are $5, and children under 13 are free. Tickets are available in advance by calling 860-236-0580, or at the door. More information is available at www.cbict.org.