Richard Strattan

Richard Strattan

CAMBRIDGE — The Christ Church Cambridge Concert Series will present organist, Richard Strattan at 4 p.m. Oct. 13.

Included in the program are works by Bach, Franck, and several hymns and chorales. The 1996 the Casavant pipe organ from Quebec, Canada, was built with two manuals and 28 ranks in the French Romantic sound..

Strattan has been an organist and church musician for over 50 years. His first organ study was with Ruth Rosenberger in his hometown of Meyersdale, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in church music from Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where his primary instructor was Raymond H. Ocock. Later he did master’s level studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where his teacher was Ruthanne Haefka.

His church positions have included 16 years as organist-choir director at the Moravian church in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. During that period he served terms as a trustee of the Moravian Music Foundation. He has played at other churches and now plays for local Episcopal churches in Queenstown and Wye Mills.

He has initiated composition of organ and choral works by Michael Burkhardt, Wayne Wold, Leonardo Ciampa, and Daryl Hollinger. Articles by Strattan have appeared in national publications of the Moravian Music Foundation, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and Association of Anglican Musicians.

His intense interest in organ literature began in his teens. Today’s program includes works from a variety of sources: a chorale prelude transmitted through three generations of teachers and students, a piece from a collection found in a catalog of Fortress Church Supply Stores in the late 1960’s, another piece tracked down after hearing it on the radio program “Pipedreams,” a discovery made while working at Dale Music in Silver Spring, and a hymn setting heard at an Augsburg Fortress workshop in August 2019.

Christ Episcopal Church is located on the corner of Church and High streets. There will be a reception following the concert. Tickets are $10 at the door with students free. For information call the church at 410-228-3161.

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