PipeChat Digest #4571 - Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Re: Another "mystery organist"
  by "Blair Anderson" <bda@shaw.ca>
Re: Felix Hell appointed "Distinguished Organist in Residence" at Luthera
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>

(back) Subject: Re: Another "mystery organist" From: "Blair Anderson" <bda@shaw.ca> Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 18:49:54 -0500   On 6/22/04 6:11 PM, "Phil Stimmel" <pca@sover.net> wrote:   > I have another photo I need help with. Can anyone tell me who the = organist > is in this picture?   Gentle ListFolk:   Forget the organist! Tell us more about that Estey console...   ;-)   CHEERS! Blair...   -- "Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake = when you make it again."      
(back) Subject: Re: Felix Hell appointed "Distinguished Organist in Residence" at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 20:09:46 -0400   Dear Lists and Friends,   We Whiskeypalians, hating to admit it, must sometimes envy certain things about our Lutheran brothers and sisters. I know two of the eastern = Lutheran Seminaries, Lutheran Southern in Columbia, SC, and the one in Gettysburg. = In both places, there was no question but that the seminary chapel would have an acoustic conducive to effective and inclusive church music, and will = have a distinguished Pipe Organ. Columbia has a stunning three-manual Flentrop = to die for, and the smaller Andover at Gettysburgh gets really high marks as well. In both places, the seminarians participate intelligently in the musical work of the chapel. Somehow, I have attended Vesper services in = both places, and also numerous concerts and Organ recitals. Is it not true that most Lutheran congregations attach rather more importance to their Pipe Organs *on average* than comparable Anglican establishments? They do have = a Bach or two on the roles, after all.   Anyway, I think this appointment of Felix is a singularly imaginative = plan, one that will surely benefit both Felix and the seminary. So, congratulations are due all around!   Cheers,   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Hans-Friedrich Hell" <Hell-Concerts@t-online.de> To: <PIPECHAT@PIPECHAT.ORG> Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 5:17 PM Subject: Felix Hell appointed "Distinguished Organist in Residence" at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg     > Dear listmembers and friends, > > it is with great pride to announce that Felix has been named > Distinguished Organist in Residence at the > Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettyburg. The respective press release > of LTSG you will find below. > As to now, Felix will begin his duties in September this year. For all, > who are interested in details, please feel > free and mail me privately. > > Humbly and gratefully submitted > > Hans-Friedrich Hell > > * > LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AT GETTYSBURG* > FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LTSG-04-50c June 16, 2004 > CONTACT: John Spangler 717-338-3010 > ________________________________________ > > *LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AT GETTYSBURG NAMES FELIX HELL > DISTINGUISHED ORGANIST IN RESIDENCE * > <<...>> GETTYSBURG, PA- The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg > announced this week that the young German Organist Felix Hell will > become the seminary=92s first Distinguished Organist in Residence. > > Mr. Hell, who at 18 years of age has recently become the youngest organ > major graduate in the history of the Curtis Institute of Music in > Philadelphia, plays more than 60 organ concerts a year to packed, > enthusiastic audiences all around the world. > > The prodigious and prolific performer will continue to play for Music, > Gettysburg! two times per year on the 38 rank Andover Organ, Opus 84, > one of the most striking features of the Seminary chapel. As > Distinguished Organist in Residence, Mr. Hell will also teach organ on > the Gettysburg instrument, and organize master classes. > > =93I fell in love with this instrument the first time I played [the > seminary=92s Andover organ]=94 said Mr. Hell. He continued =93It so > wonderfully plays the whole repertoire of J. S. Bach and other composers > of the Baroque era. And, even more important, it is an almost ideal > instrument for learning and teaching.=94 > > Dr. Stephen Folkemer, an excellent organist in his own right, and Music > Director for the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, assisted > in establishing the arrangement. Folkemer said that in the four times > Felix Hell has played for Gettysburg audiences and in more than 350 > public concerts around the world, =93he has amazed his audiences with = not > one dazzling masterpiece, but concerts full of them. Whereas most > organists play one of these difficult masterpieces for a recital, Felix > Hell plays one after another and makes it look easy.=94 > > In this year alone, the Mr. Hell will perform more than 60 organ > concerts in America, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Europe. > The young musician began to play the piano at age seven, took his first > organ lessons at age eight, and within a year was on duty in his first > performance in a liturgical setting at a Roman Catholic High Mass on > Easter in 1994 and gave his first solo recital abroad. > > Beginning in September 2004, Mr. Hell will be available once a week at > the seminary. His next performance in Gettysburg will be January 30^th , > as a part of the 25^th anniversary season of*/ Music, Gettysburg!/* He > will also offer a recital in May of next year. > > Felix Hell spent a year at the Juilliard School in New York on a full > tuition scholarship. He recently completed his bachelors=92 degree = through > study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied > with Dr. John Weaver, then chair of the organ departments both of > Juilliard and the Curtis Institute, and Mr. Alan Morrison. Mr. Hell will > next study for his Master of Music degree and his Artist Diploma at the > Peabody Institute, the oldest conservatory in the USA, now associated > with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. > > Mr. Hell has recorded six critically acclaimed CD=92s and his music has > been broadcast several times by the nationally distributed program > =93PipeDreams=94 of Minnesota Public Radio in addition to several radio > programs in Germany, the Netherlands, England, and Australia. > > The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the oldest of the eight > seminaries of the 5.2 million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in > America, prepares women and men to be outreach oriented public > theologians and mission leaders. It provides programs in continuing > studies, advanced theological education, and specialized educational > programs for informed lay persons, ordained and other rostered leaders, > and high school youth. > > > /Music, Gettysburg!/ is a free concert series featuring international, > regional and local musical artists supported by both the Lutheran > Theological Seminary and the wider Gettysburg community. >