FELIX HELL PERFORMING BACH’S GOLDBERG VARIATIONS

Written by jspangler on March 7, 2016

ORGAN VIRTUOSO FELIX HELL PERFORMING BACH’S GOLDBERG VARIATIONS 

GETTYSBURG, PA—Music Gettysburg! welcomes the talented virtuoso of the organ, Felix Hell who will perform an all Bach concert on the Andover Organ at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, March 13th, at 4 P.M. 

Gettysburg Seminary offers the Music, Gettysburg! concert series free and open to the public in partnership with its many supporters in the region, bringing the finest musicians from across the nation and around the world to its renowned, acoustically rich chapel.

In this concert, Mr. Hell will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, arranged for organ by the organist himself.

A native of Germany, Felix Hell is one of the most sought after concert organists in the world. He has been featured as a recitalist and concerto soloist in more than 850 concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The American Organist raved that he “sets standards that older and honored players would struggle to equal.”

Hell’s discography includes 10 CDs. His most recent recording features music for Organ and Symphony Orchestra by Barber, Guilmant and Jongen. His recordings are frequently broadcast throughout the United States and across the world; he has appeared on television globally.

His project “Music Across America” allows him to travel with his own Touring Organ, performing organ concertos and recitals in spaces that do not house pipe organs, liberating the instrument from its historic confines.

Felix Hell is known for his diverse and innovative programming, drawing upon a repertoire encompassing five centuries. Furthermore, he has received global recognition for his marathon performances of the entire organ works of J.S. Bach, which encompass about 250 compositions and close to 20 hours of performance time. He has since performed the complete Bach cycle four times, most recently in in 2013 in Seoul, Korea.

Felix Hell studied at the Juilliard School in New York, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (BM), the Peabody Institute in Baltimore (AD, MM). In 2007, he received Johns Hopkins University’s prestigious Outstanding Graduate Award.

Mr. Hell holds positions of Organ Artist Associate at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan, Distinguished Organist-in-Residence at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg (2007-2011), and Adjunct Professor of Organ at the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College. In 2011, Felix Hell was appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist at Kosin University in Busan, South Korea.

Come enjoy this afternoon concert which is free and open to the public.  The Seminary Chapel is located at 147 Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts remaining in the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000 ext 2197 or visit the web site at www.musicgettysburg.org .

 

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