ASOF Hartford: Organ Extravaganza
The 25th Annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford concludes with an “Organ Extravaganza!” concert featuring Grammy® Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs – the first winner of ASOF Hartford’s Young Professional Competition – and the full Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Carolyn Kuan conducting. The performance will highlight The Bushnell’s rarely heard Austin organ, with its 5,409 pipes installed into the mammoth sidewalls of Mortensen Hall. Crafted by Hartford’s Austin Organ Company in 1929 and fully restored in 1988, it is one of the finest instruments this world-renowned firm ever built. The October 22 concert includes the beloved Organ Symphony by Camille Saint-Saëns, featuring the 2019 winner of ASOF Hartford’s Young Professional Competition Alexander Pattavina, and Once Upon a Castle, a symphonie concertante in four movements for organ and orchestra by American composer Michael Daughterty, inspired by the William Randolph Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA.