BANGOR– St. John’s Organ Society celebrates its 26th season with summer organ concerts on Maine’s largest 19th-century mechanical-action pipe organ, E. & G. G. Hook’s magnificent Opus 288. These concerts are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
The season finale is on Aug. 30 and features Opus 288 & Friends: Anna Maria Baeza – clarinet (Brooklyn, NY), Kevin Birch – organ (Bangor, Maine), Anatole Wieck – violin (Bangor, Maine), and Joachim Woitun – violoncello (Brooklyn, NY) performing Josef Rheinberger’s “Suite for Organ, Violin, and Cello, Opus 149”.
Anna Maria Baeza, clarinet, is an active solo and chamber musician who has performed in recitals throughout North America and Europe. Baeza has been a member of multiple orchestras and has participated in many music festivals. Baeza holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Southern California.
Baeza teaches clarinet and chamber music, and conducts the Chamber Orchestra at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY. She also teaches clarinet at the Third Street Music
School Settlement in Manhattan. In the summer, she teaches adult amateurs at SummerKeys in Lubec, Maine and will be heard at the Winter Harbor Music Festival this August.
Kevin Birch holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa with previous studies at New England Conservatory in Boston and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Since 1992, he has served as Director of Music at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor, Maine where he also serves as executive director of St. John’s Organ Society. He is a member of the music faculty at the University of Maine’s School of the Performing Arts in Orono and serves on the Liturgical Commission for the Diocese of Portland. He has performed solo recitals in the US, Canada, Europe, South America and for several national conventions of the Organ Historical Society.
Anatole Wieck is a professor of music and conducts the orchestra at the University of Maine. He earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Julliard School where he studied violin and viola. Wieck has taught, performed and conducted in Europe, Asia, and North, Central and South America and has participated in chamber music festivals throughout the world.
Joachim Woitun studied cello at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium and the Hochschule fuer Musik in Munich, Germany. Woitun earned his MA degree from Queens College, The City University of New York, studying cello, baroque performance practice, chamber music and contemporary music.
Woitun has been a soloist with multiple orchestras. He can be heard regularly as a recitalist in New York City and in Downeast Maine, where he has performed at Bay Chamber Concerts in Machias, at SummerKeys in Lubec and at Fog Fest as part of the Roosevelt Estate on Campobello Island.
Woitun teaches at the Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, as well as at the United Nations International School in Manhattan. In addition to maintaining an active private studio in Brooklyn, New York, he has been on the faculty of SummerKeys in Lubec, Maine since 2006.
For more information about St. John’s Organ Society and our concerts, please visit our web page: www.hookopus288.net.