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2021 – 2022 Programs

BAGO Events for the 2021 – 2022 Program Year
Saturday, May 21, beginning at 10AM — Scott Dettra Plays the complete works of Franck at Methuen
This is a FREE event. Rounding out the day, Professor Christopher Anderson (Southern Methodist University) will lecture on “Franck among the Germans,” linking the music we hear with the Methuen organ’s German heritage. Lunch is “on your own,” with a two-hour break so that no one need rush. We look forward to seeing as many as possible at this gala event, either for morning, afternoon, or both!
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.

2021-2022 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!
Friday, December 31, 3PM 6:30PM VIRTUAL PROGRAM Available for viewing
Our First Night Concert, Pipes and Pops, is available for on demand viewing at this link: 

Sunday, January 9, 5PM POSTPONED

Well, darn! We’ve all been following the recent trends regarding the Omicron variant and this latest surge in
COVID-19 infection rates. While the longer-term prognosis is perhaps encouraging (more mild? fast peaking?), prudence dictates we postpone our Chapter Potluck, which was to have occurred this coming Sunday. We’ll look for a good date this Spring when we might reschedule. In the meantime, please stay safe and be well.
Wishing the entire BAGO community a Happy New Year, Mitchell Crawford

Saturday, February 12, 10AM POSTPONED — 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.

April – A Walking Tour of Two Boston Organs

Nathan Skinner (Director of Music and Organist, Park Street Church) and Jonathan Ambrosino (tuner, historian) will discuss and demonstrate each organ in turn.  Saint Mary’s Charlestown — 1894 Cole & Woodberry, restored Andover 2018. A fascinating organ, by turns powerful and delicate, summing up many strands of 19th c. Boston organ design ideology. Park Street Church — 1960 Aeolian-Skinner, rev. Spencer Organ Co., 2012-present. This 1960 Aeolian-Skinner, the last new organ that firm built for a Boston church, has been slowly revised over the past 10 years. Nathan Skinner will describe the project’s goals and demonstrate the results.