Organ PLUS! program on Nov. 2

The 2014-2015 First Music & Arts season opens on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. with Organ PLUS!, a program of music for organ and other instruments.

Steven Russell and Craig Scott Symons, with special guest oboist Dorothy Darlington, will perform music for solo organ, organ 4-hands, piano 4-hands, voice, English horn and oboe in works by J. S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach, Mendelssohn, Held, Hebble and many others.

Mr. Russell is director of sacred music at the Parish of St. Thomas More in Manalapan, N.J. He has also been director of a number of choral organizations in New Jersey, including the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus, Shrewsbury Chorale, and Rutgers University Queens Chorale.

Mr. Symons is director of music/organist at First Congregational Church of Greenwich. Prior to his arrival in Greenwich Mr. Symons was director of music at First United Methodist Church in Royal Oak, Mich., va suburb of Detroit, for over 15 years. He also directs and accompanies the Blue Notes, a group of singing philanthropic women who share their time and talent and bring joy and laughter throughout Fairfield County at a number of assisted living, retirement, and nursing homes.

Ms. Darlington is a regular with the Greenwich Symphony and has been a substitute in the New York Philharmonic.

Suggested donation is $15 for the program. For more information, call 203-637-1791 or visit Fccog.org/music/first-music-and-arts-concert-series.

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