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Paul Fey, the young German concert organist, composer, and YouTuber will play a concert at Saint John’s Seminary, 127 Lake St., in Brighton  on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.  The program will feature works by J.S. Bach, Joseph Rheinberger, and several of Fey’s pieces, including his recently composed Variations on “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Admission is free but due to the chapel’s limited seating capacity, tickets should be obtained in advance HERE.

Born in 1998 near Leipzig, at 15 Fey discovered the pipe organ at a local church. He went on to study organ performance and sacred music at the Evanglische Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Halle (Saale). He has also served as an assistant organist at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, working with the choir and playing both the 2000 “Bach organ” and the 1889 Sauer organ in the church.

His YouTube Channel, featured videos on historic instruments and his own compositions. He also started selling his compositions in PDF and printed formats online. As a result, his works can be heard around the world in concerts and church services, as well as online. Fey’s YouTube Channel now has over 44,000 subscribers. This may not seem impressive in comparison to more broadly popular channels. But, in the small and obscure world of pipe organ music, it’s a very impressive number.

Fey made his American concert debut last June to a large and appreciative audience at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall. A YouTube video of him accompanying the Star-Spangled Banner [HERE], which opened the Methuen concert, has received over 100,000 views.

The Seminary concert will be Fey’s only New England appearance during his 2024 USA concert tour, which takes him to northern and western New York, central Ohio, North and South Carolina, and Indiana. It is also the first in a series of four organ concerts celebrating the Seminary’s 140th anniversary.

The Seminary’s organ, an Andover Organ Company rebuild and enlargement of the original 1902 Hook & Hastings is not often used for solo concerts.  The 140th-Anniversary Concerts will offer a valuable opportunity to hear this notable instrument in its architecturally and acoustically stunning space. A detailed article about the organ is HERE.

The subsequent three:
September 8th, 2024, 3:00 pm – Gavin Klein, Organ Scholar at Holy Cross, Worcester
November 17th, 2024, 4:00 pm – Richard J. Clark, Director of Music Holy Cross Cathedral, Boston
Feb. 2nd, 2025, 3:00 PM – Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City

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