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September 22 , 2019

Mini Concert, Dinner and Fellowship

Young Organists:

Phoon Yu,

Eddie Zheng and

Elena Baquerizo


Bedford Presbyterian Church

Bedford, New York



The Recitalists: Phoon Yu, Eddie Zheng, Elena Baquerizo

and John Lettieri, Host





Frank Miller, The Chef







Westchester County, NY September 22: To celebrate the last day of summer a group of reveling organists and music lovers descended on Bedford Presbyterian Church to hear 3 highly accomplished young stars in the organ firmament play Mendelssohn, Bach, Weaver and Brahms. The kick-off event for the AGO season was a rousing success! All 3 recitalists were students of Paul Jacobs at Juilliard and have numerous awards garnered from competitions across the U.S., as well as concertizing around the globe.

Eddie Zheng opened the recital with Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata No. 4. He felt it was a nice connection to play both Mendelssohn and Bach because the former had advocated for the re-introduction of the latter during the early 1800’s. Who knew Bach was NOT popular at any time since the 1700’s? Phoon Yu played an avant-garde piece called “The Seven Angels” and hoped that we would all “survive” to hear his Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele by Brahms and his Fantasia and Fugue in G minor by Bach. We got to hear the versatility of this amazing organ designed by the Pasi Organ Builders – Opus 13 (2001). Next came Elena Baquierizo, a native of South Florida, playing the Bach Trio Sonata #4. For the finale she played John Weaver’s Fantasia for Organ which shook the rafters of this historic church.

Afterward, collegiality was flowing as we all enjoyed Frank Miller’s sumptuous meal of chicken marsala, green beans and good ‘ol mac and cheese. There were many new faces alongside the loyal members getting to know one another. Conversation covered lots of praise for the recitalists and went on to talk up the next AGO event: Techniques and Tips for Enlivening Choral Rehearsals (Rick Coffey, Presenter) scheduled for October 19. Don’t miss it!!! -- Karen Longwell

As submitted to TAO

Photos: Courtesy of Virginia Bender and Lisa Flanagan

Last updated: November 12. 2019