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Benjamin Straley of Essex to Perform a Live-Streamed All-Bach Recital on June 7

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Benjamin Straley will present an all-Bach recital when he performs a live-streamed concert on the Austin Organ at St. Johnís in West Hartford on June 7.

Benjamin Straley will present an all-Bach recital when he performs a live-streamed concert on the Austin Organ at St. Johnís in West Hartford on June 7. (Music at the Red Door )

On Sunday, June 7, 2020, at 12:30 p.m., Music at the Red Door presents a solo recital by noted organist Benjamin Straley. The concert is the final event in the 2020 Pipes Alive! series of organ recitals by regional artists performing on the celebrated Austin pipe organ at St Johnís Episcopal Church in West Hartford. Though the church building is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the recital will be live-streamed from the church via St. Johnís YouTube channel and the St. Johnís Facebook page 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 regionís finest organists play on one of the most versatile pipe organs in the area. ďThe marvelous pipe organ at St Johnís was built by Hartford-based Austin Organs, and serves not only the church and its congregation, but the whole community,Ē said Scott Lamlein, Artistic Director of Music at the Red Door and Director of Music and Organist for St. Johnís. ďThrough this series of free recitals, we welcome everyone to experience the amazing sonic experience of a pipe organ in live performance.Ē The pipe organ at St. Johnís Episcopal Church, known as Austinís Opus 2761, resounds with 51 stops, 64 ranks, and 3,721 pipes. Since its installation in 1995, this remarkable instrument has been featured often in concert, providing opportunities to share with the greater community the beauty and triumph of organ music. Benjamin Straley will present an all-Bach recital when he performs on the Austin Organ at St. Johnís in West Hartford on June 7. Straley, widely admired for his organ improvisations, was Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral for six years, after which he relocated to Connecticut, where he serves as Assistant Rector of St. Johnís Episcopal Church in Essex, Connecticut, and directs the Anglican Singers, a choral ensemble dedicated to music of the English Cathedral tradition, based in New London, Connecticut. ďThough the online experience cannot replace the thrill of hearing an expert organist like Benjamin Straley play the large Austin organ in the resonant acoustic of the St. Johnís sanctuary, every listener will be able to see and hear well, with a better view than might be had during a live performance,Ē added Lamlein. ďWe hope that when we are able to resume live performances at St. John's, we will welcome many new listeners who might have discovered us through our online offerings.Ē 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. EVENT DETAILS: What: Pipe organ recital by noted organist Benjamin Straley, the sixth and last in the 2020 Pipes Alive! series of organ recitals from Music at the Red Door. When: Sunday, June 7, 2020, 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Where: Online only, live-streamed from St Johnís Episcopal Church in West Hartford, CT, viewable at https://youtu.be/WaW0NEs8NdU More Info: https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/online-pipes-alive-benjamin-straley-organist/ or concerts@reddoormusic.org

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