Memorial organ concert for Boston composer Gunther Schuller featuring the world premiere of his complete Symphony for Organ (1981) 
Friday 11-20-15 at 8pm, Church of the Advent, 
30 Brimmer Street, Boston Directions
Free admission
As part of a series of memorial events for Boston composer Gunther Schuller (1925-2015) organist Aaron Sunstein will present the premiere performance of Schuller’s complete Symphony for Organ of 1981. Schuller had a deeply engrained affinity for the organ since his earliest musical training was received as a chorister and student at the St. Thomas Choir School in New York City. Deemed unplayable by several organists, the structure of his Symphony for Organ was inspired by the French organ symphonies of the early 20th century, which are more like multi-movement suites than traditional orchestral symphonies. Schuller was very proud of having written an Organ Symphony, and eager to hear it performed in its entirety. Sunstein had the opportunity of working with the composer on the performance of his significant output of organ music before his death in June.
Co-sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and The New England Conservatory, the concert will also include music in like spirit with Schuller’s. The other works to be performed are as follows:
Max Reger: Fantasy and Fugue, Op. 135b
Francisco Correa de Arauxo: Tiento de medio registro de tiple de sexto tono
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Aaron Sunstein is Minister of Music at First Lutheran Church in Carlisle, PA where he directs four choirs and plays the 1951 Aeolian-Skinner organ. He is a candidate for the degree Doctor of Music in Organ at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. While in residence at Indiana he served as Associate Instructor for the Organ Department and taught organ lessons,  undergraduate sacred music and undergraduate organ literature. His teachers are Chris Young, Gary Verkade, Delbert Disselhorst, and Michael Kleinschmidt. Aaron performs regularly both in the United States and Sweden and has been a prize winner in several national organ competitions. Interested in organ repertoire of all periods, Aaron is involved in a long-term project performing, writing about, and recording Gunther Schuller’s organ music. Aaron is originally from Boston and received early musical training at New England Conservatory Preparatory School and as a chorister at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont.

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