Musical Performances

Organ Plus Concert at Somers Congregational Church

Sunday September 9th @ 4:00 PM

Somers Congregational Church will present “Organ Plus,” on Sunday September 9, at 4:00 PM, featuring and Christa Rakich and Robert Blake, organ, Wendy Rolfe and Emily DeNucci, flutes, and Eleanor Hilly Blake, cello.  They will play music spanning over 300 years by Vivaldi, Handel, Chaminade, Boulanger, Dvorak, Saint-Seans, and Prokoviev.

Christa Rakich has performed widely throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. She is at present Artist-in-Residence at the Somers Congregational Church and the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist in West Hartford.  Robert William Blake, Jr. is organist and music director at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Milford, Massachusetts and has served numerous churches throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut while concertizing throughout New England and New York.  Wendy Rolfe is one of the United States’ leading performers on historical and modern flutes.  She has performed, recorded and toured with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and New York’s Concert Royal among others. Emily DeNucci, age twelve, has studied flute with Greig Shearer at the Hartt School Community Division for four years. She was one of the New York Flute Club’s Young Musicians Contest winners in 2017 and an honorable mention in 2018. Through the Hartt School, she also participates in Philharmonia Winds, a chamber ensemble.   Cellist Eleanor Blake is currently a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cape Symphony Orchestra, and The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra. She has played under the baton of international conductors James Levine, Andre Previn, Raphael Frühbeck De Burgos, Bernard Haitink, Oliver Knussen, and Sir Andrew Davis.

The players perform in the organ loft and will be projected on a screen in the front of the church so all attendees can watch the performers.  A reception in the Foundation Room of the church will follow the concert. There is no charge for admission, but a donation of $10 is suggested to support future concerts at the church.

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