HELL To PLAY Feb 9th
GETTYSBURG, PA—Music Gettysburg! welcomes the stunningly talented and globe-trotting organist, Felix Hell, who will perform Bach, Liszt, and Mendelssohn in concert on the Andover Organ at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, February 9th, at 4 P.M.
Gettysburg Seminary offers Music, Gettysburg! concerts 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.
Hell is hailed as the “most well known young concert organist worldwide” (Dr. John Weaver), and “undoubtedly one of the major talents of the century” (Dr. Frederick Swann, AGO president), the German organ virtuoso Felix Hell is a phenomenon in several ways.
Hell will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’a Fantasia on "Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott", the Choral Partita on "Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig", and Prelude and Fugue in D Major. Other works on the program include Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt, plus a Toccata by Enjott Schneider.
A liturgical organist since the age of eight, Felix has concertized in Germany and abroad since the age of nine, has already performed more than 700 recitals in his native Germany, as well as abroad since the age of nine, concertizing in countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Russia, and the USA, where he performed more than 500 recitals in 44 states. Hell was Distinguished Artist in Residence at Gettysburg Seminary from 2007-2011. Other career milestones include the performances of the entire organ work of Johann Sebastian Bach both in the USA and Germany in 2006 and 2007 three times and the performances of the organ works of Felix Mendelssohn in the USA and in Germany.
Felix Hell was born on September 14, 1985, in Frankenthal/Pfalz, Germany. He took his first piano lesson at the age of seven, followed by his first organ lesson shortly after his eighth birthday. On Easter 1994, still eight years old, he performed in his first service as an liturgical organist. Also in 1994, he participated in the German competition for young musicians Jugend musiziertï, and was awarded with two First Prizes in organ playing, following by First Prizes in 1996 (piano solo), 1997 (organ sol) and 1999 (piano solo).
Come enjoy this afternoon concert which is free and open to the public. The Seminary Chapel is located at 147 Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg, Penna. 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 .