Albert Schweitzer Competition 2023 Concludes with Captivating Choral Festival Concert, Showcasing St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church Choir Among Participating Ensembles
Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Trinity College Chapel
300 Summit Street, Hartford.
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The prestigious Albert Schweitzer Competition 2023 culminates in a spectacular Festival Concert on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. The concert promises an enchanting evening of musical artistry, featuring choirs, organ, brass, and percussion. Organized by the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival, this event marks the grand finale of a celebration that embraces exceptional organ performances, musical talent, and unity.
Conducted by our own Director of Music, Dr. Gabriel Löfvall, and featuring world-renowned organist Christopher Houlihan, the Festival Concert will showcase remarkable performances by a collaboration of ensembles, including the joined voices of Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, The Chapel Singers of Trinity College, and notably, The Choirs of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church from Hartford.
The concert program promises a captivating journey through timeless and eclectic compositions. Audiences will be treated to Benjamin Britten’s poignant cantata “Rejoice in the Lamb,” Marcel Dupré’s exquisite “Ave Maria” and “Laudate Dominum,” Heinrich Schütz’s uplifting “Psalm 100,” and the vibrant Mexican baroque piece “Tleycantimo Choquiliya.”
This Festival Concert stands as the crowning moment of the Albert Schweitzer Competition 2023, an event that unites exceptional musicians in a display of outstanding talent and meaningful cultural exchange.
About the Albert Schweitzer Festival
The Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford holds a profound mission: to nurture and inspire young organists in the early stages of their education and careers, while fostering greater appreciation for organ music within the wider public. Central to the Festival’s core is an annual national competition for young organists, hosted at the esteemed Trinity College in Hartford. Alternating biennially between a High School and Young Professional Division (up to age 23), competitors vie for substantial cash prizes to support their educational and professional journeys. The Festival also offers a rich array of workshops, lectures, and major performances, often in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
Celebrating over 25 years of excellence, the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival stands as a premier competition for young organists in North America. The Festival’s third artistic director, Christopher Houlihan, assumed the role in 2022, bringing fresh perspectives to this time-honored tradition.