The First Lutheran Church of Boston is pleased to host its annual Labor Day Concert on Monday, September 4 at 7pm, this year featuring a special Reformation-themed organ recital by Kevin Birch of St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor, Maine. In addition to music by J.S. Bach and Georg Böhm, Kevin’s program will offer the first Boston performance of a suite based on Reformation-era chorales by acclaimed Boston-based composer James Woodman. First Lutheran is especially excited to feature such an important new work, especially pertinent in the year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Admission to the Labor Day Concert is $10, and the concert will be followed by the traditional Root Beer Float Reception held in FLC’s courtyard.
Kevin is the founder of the St. John’s Organ Society, which promotes the beautiful and historically significant E. & G. G. Hook organ, op. 288 (1860). He also 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 organ recitals in the United States, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia and South America and is especially devoted to the many fine historic organs in Maine. Recent highlights include recitals and lectures at organ festivals in Germany (Berlin and Potsdam) and programs for several national conventions of the Organ Historical Society.