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Holden- native Ross returns to Maine, will play at organ concert

Abraham Ross of Holden will be performing the works of Cėsar Franck, Horatio Parker, Charles-Marie Widor and George Whitefield Chadwick.
Courtesy of Cathy Bruno

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the St. John’s Organ Society, Abraham Ross of Holden will be performing a series of classical works at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at St. John Catholic Church. Ross will be performing the music of Cėsar Franck, Horatio Parker, Charles-Marie Widor and George Whitefield Chadwick on the church’s 19th-century tracker-action pipe organ, E. & G. G. Hook’s Opus 288.  

Ross performs regularly as a soloist and ensemble player with special interests in early music and twentieth-century repertoire. He is currently completing a Masters of Music in Historical Performance at Oberlin Conservatory, where he studies organ with Jonathan Moyer and harpsichord with Mark Edwards. He also serves as Music Intern at Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, where he assists with rehearsals, accompanies services and engages the community with musical offerings of varying genres.

Ross commenced his study of organ with Kevin Birch at St John Catholic Church in Bangor, playing the church’s 1860 E. & G. G. Hook organ. During this time, he developed an appreciation and  passion for historical instruments and early music. He went on to attain the position of Organ Scholar for the Class of 2016 at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. While at Holy Cross, he studied under James David Christie, conducted research in early and twentieth-century keyboard repertory and performed throughout the Northeast.

Ross has been fortunate to encounter abundant opportunities for musical study and performance. In 2014, he was awarded a Mellon Grant to study seventeenth-century music with Francesco Cera in Rieti, Italy. A summer of study and research culminated in a presentation of Frescobaldi’s Messa della Madonna and the corresponding plainchant within a liturgy at Holy Cross. He went on to win first place in the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists’ Quimby Competition in 2015.

Ross’s recent performance highlights include appearances at Universidad del Salvador (Buenos Aires, Argentina), First Church of Christ Scientist (Concord, NH), and Mechanics Hall (Worcester, MA). This summer Ross returned to his home state, playing as a solo recitalist, as well as with a period instrument ensemble of Boston-area musicians, at the Blue Hill Bach Festival.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, visit http://hookopus288.net/.

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