This year’s Scary Music for Organ didn’t disappoint. Our organists performed spooky pieces of music that left our audience spellbound. We even had an appearance from Darth Vicar!
Trystan Bennett, Director of St. George’s Compline Choir and Director of Music at Aquia Episcopal Church, opened the concert. He played Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Prélude sur le Dies Irae by Dethier, and music from “Der Vampyr” by Marschner.
Brooks Kuykendall, parishioner at St. George’s and chair of the Music Department at the University of Mary Washington, performed next. His program included Sonata in D minor, Op. 42 by Guilmant, Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe by Bach, and an original work – the Main Title March for Captain Vegetarian. Kuykendall wrote this piece in honor of his son’s superhero identity – Captain Vegetarian.
St. George’s Assistant Director of Music, Achim Loch, continued the concert with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C Minor. He then closed with his own arrangement of themes from The Lord of the Rings, with Cadence Moneyhon accompanying on flute.
John Vreelance, the Director of Music Ministries at St. George’s, closed the program with a truly bombastic piece – Max Reger’s Symphonic Fantasy, Op. 57 – The Inferno.