STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to Stratford, home of the 16th Annual ‘Pipescreams’ organ and musical concert at the First Congregational Church.
Dr. Joe Utterback is the master behind the organ:
The most famous piece you’ll hear is the most famous gothic organ piece. And that’s the Toccata in Fuge in D Minor by Bach.
Utterback will be headlining the show:
During the days and the late evenings, I would write songs. And now I have 425 published compositions.
He explains how the organ has become a bit of a “spooky” instrument:
The organ is capable of many emotions, probably due to its orchestral nature.
And there’s more than just spooky tunes at ‘Pipescreams!’ They always show a silent movie, and then an organist will improvise music to go along with the silent movie. There will also be singers, violinists, and pianists.
Tickets are available at the door: $15 per adult; $9 for students; and children under 12 are free.