Upcoming Concerts at Somers Congregational Church:
Fall Festival Organ Concert:
Sunday, September 10, 2017 4:00 PM
On September 10, at 4:00PM, Christa Rakish, Jackie Nappi, and Stephen Gamboa-Diaz will present an organ concert at Somers Congregational Church. All three musicians have strong Connecticut connections, and their combination will provide an entertaining and stylistically varied concert—from Bach to improvisation.
Concert and recording artist Christa Rakich is Artist-in-Residence here at Somers Congregational Church. She also directs the music program at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford. She has served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Brandeis University, New England Conservatory, and the University of Connecticut, and as Assistant University Organist at Harvard. As a Fulbright Scholar, Christa Rakich studied for two years with Anton Heiller at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Organ and German from Oberlin College.
A former organist and choir director at Somers Congregational, Jackie Nappie now resides in Durham, North Carolina, where she is Minister of Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Durham, and Piano Teacher and Music Coordinator at Durham Academy. She holds a Master of Music degree in Harpsichord Performance from SUNY Stony Brook, and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Hartt School. In North Carolina, she has collaborated with the Duke Vespers Ensemble under the direction of Brian Schmidt, and was involved in the 2016/17 Duke Chapel Bach Cantata Series. Jacqueline performs regularly with the Mallarmé Chamber Players, and is a founding member of the new early music group Bull City Baroque.
A specialist in early keyboards and avid church musician, Stephen Gamboa-Diaz received the Artist Diploma in harpsichord from the Yale School of Music in 2016. In addition to a freelance career in performance, he is Organist and Choir Director at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme. Stephen was a laureate of the 2012 Westfield International Harpsicord Competition, and his harpsichord duo Zweikampf were finalists in Early Music America’s inaugural Baroque Performance Competition.
As always for organ concerts, a large screen in the front of the church will provide, for all seats, an optimal view of the playing. The concert is free, and donations (recommended $10) will be accepted at the door to help support the concert programs at the church. All are invited to a reception in the Foundation Room following the concert.
Recent past musical performances:
- Ripka Duo
- Sunday, September 11th 2016 – 4:00 pm – BATTLE OF THE CELLOS
- Sunday, October 2, 2016 4:00PM for Guests organists Matthias Schmelmer and Dawid Slusarczyk
- Saturday, December 10, 2016 7:00PM for The Shoreline Ringers, the premier bell choir of New England
- Sunday, May 22nd – SILK CITY CHORUS CONCERT