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The 47th annual Richner-Strong Institute of Church Music at Colby College in Waterville has announced three concerts for August. All performances are open to the public and free of charge.
On Tuesday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m. organist Stewart Wayne Foster will perform a concert at St. John’s church on York Street in Bangor. The program will feature works by Bach, Brahms, Vierne and Couperin. Foster won the top prize and the “Prize of the Audience” at the first Dallas International Organ Competition. Currently Foster is the artist-in-residence of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston, S.C., and he also coordinates the annual organ performance series at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
On Thursday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Colby’s Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center acclaimed pianist Paul Bisaccia will present “Moonlight Sonata: The Romantic Piano,” a concert in the grand romantic tradition with selections based on Bisaccia’s latest CD recording. The concert will include Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and “Fur Elise,” Rachmaninoff’s “Etude-Tableaux in C” and Manuel de Falla’s “Ritual Fire Dance,” as well as works by Gershwin, Chopin, Liszt and Gottschalk. Bisaccia is best known for the PBS special “Gershwin by Bisaccia,” which was broadcast on more than 100 television stations across the country. He has also appeared on National Public Radio and is the first pianist to release a recording of Gershwin’s complete solo piano works. Bisaccia performs internationally and is a faculty member of the Richner-Strong Institute of Church Music at Colby.
On Friday, August 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel, participants from the Richner-Strong Institute will hold a church music festival service. Music for handbells, organ, choir and piano will be performed in this closing ceremony.
The Richner-Strong Institute, in session at Colby from August 11-17, is designed to help church musicians improve the musical standards and programs of their institutions. Participants study piano, organ, handbells and vocal music, take part in group lessons and discussions and perform in a festival service. For more information call Colby’s Office of Special Programs at 207-872-3386.