2021 – 2022 Programs

Dates have been updated!

BAGO Events for the 2021 – 2022 Program Year
Even amidst uncertainty around the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, BAGO is delighted to offer a number of exciting events to its members and the broader Boston community during the program year ahead. We ask for your patience, as some details and formats could change in response to altered contexts. In this Year of the Young Organist, we look forward to providing opportunities for youth and young adults to engage with the many talented artists featured in this year’s programs. Watch Pipings for more information and updates!
Friday, December 31, 3PM; 6:30 and 8PM — First Night at Old South Church
With the Mother Church Extension closed for renovations, BAGO members and friends are invited to attend this year’s First Night events at Old South Church:
3PM – “The King of Instruments,” a family-friendly demonstration-concert featuring the “Copley Philharmonic Organ”
6:30 and 8PM: Pipes and Pops, featuring music for Brass and Organ
Sunday, January 9, 5PM — Holiday Potluck
BAGO Past-Dean Louise Mundinger has invited us to her home for a potluck holiday party. Watch for details in Pipings.
Saturday, February 12, 10AM — Masterclass with Dr. David Hurd
Few living have contributed more to American sacred and organ music than Dr. David Hurd, formerly of General Theological Seminary and now organist of The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Times Square, New York City. His Masterclass for BAGO will be one not to miss!
March — Bach Birthday Bash at First Lutheran Church of Boston
BAGO is thrilled to continue its co-sponsorship of First Lutheran’s annual Bach Birthday Bash. The German Lunch is back! Activities include:
  • Jonathan Wessler playing all of the Orgel-Büchlein
  • A set “Bach In the 19th Century” featuring two authentic late-19th-century pianos and Rheinberger’s arrangement of the Goldberg Variations for 2 pianos, 4 hands
  • Vespers with the cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus tragicus), BWV 106.
Saturday, April 30, beginning at 9:30AM — A Boston Walking Tour
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., we’ll survey and hear demonstrations of three lesser-known local treasures:
  • Saint Mary’s Charlestown (1894 Cole & Woodberry, restored by Andover)
  • Saint Joseph’s “West End” (1883 Hook & Hastings)
  • Park Street Church (1960 Aeolian-Skinner, revised Spencer Organ Co. 2012-present)
Saturday, May 21, beginning at 10AM — Scott Dettra Plays Franck at Methuen
BAGO celebrates César Franck’s bicentennial with a full day of programming
  • the complete organ works of Franck, in two recitals by Scott Dettra
  • lecture by Dr. Christopher Anderson of Southern Methodist University, on the reception of Franck’s organ music in 19th and 20th-century German organ circles.
This event will take place in the sumptuous Methuen Memorial Music Hall, which this year celebrates its 75th year as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the hall and the promotion of the Great Organ.

Warm regards,
Mitchell Crawford

Recent Programs:

Tuesday, September 28, 7:30PM — Opening Service with Installation of Officers
Join us at St. Cecilia Parish (18 Belvidere St.) for our opening service for the 2021-2022 program year. We’ll install new officers, and music of BAGO composers Carson Cooman, Louise Mundinger, Patricia Van Ness, and Richard Webster will be featured. For those attending, BAGO asks that all be vaccinated, mask, and socially distance when in the space. 
Monday, October 18, 7PM — Recital by David Enlow at The Church of the Advent
A light reception will follow. Please plan to join us in person for this long-awaited concert by Mr. Enlow.
Saturday, November 13, 10AM— Repertoire Swap
Join fellow BAGO members for a repertoire swap! Players will be invited to sign up in advance to share a favorite “prelude” or “postlude” with those gathered.  We’ll gather at 10am at All Saints, Ashmont (209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester) — easily accessible via car or public transport. Participants will be invited to share a favorite selection from their voluntary repertory which may be otherwise unknown to those gathered. Players will have All Saints’ two fabulous organs to choose from, ensuring an appropriate vehicle no matter the style of the piece. And if you don’t feel like playing an entire voluntary, show us the highlights instead!