Ashmont Hill organist comes ‘full circle’ with Sunday recital

Aaron Sunstein

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music will present a benefit organ recital by native son Aaron Sunstein this Sunday at 4 p.m. at All Saints Church. Sunstein, a doctoral degree candidate at Indiana University, returns to Boston to perform this recital on the historic church’s magnificent C.B. Fisk organ. Tickets are $30, and in the spirit of AHCM’s commitment to community, complimentary tickets are available for those in need by contacting AHCM by email at info@ashmonthillchambermusic.org or phone at 774-573-0526.

Led by artistic director and pianist Rachel Goodwin, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music is now in its 27th season. Sunday’sconcert presents the work of five composers from periods spanning five centuries, from the late Renaissance in Spain to the twentieth century in America. The varied program includes Buxtehude’s Toccata in F Major, BuxWV156; Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in a minor, BWV 543; Schoenberg’s Variations on a Recitative, Op. 40; Correa de Arauxo’s two Tientos; and Mendelssohn’s Sonata # 5 in D Major.

“How appropriate it seems to offer a program featuring the profoundly uplifting music of Bach, Buxtehude and Mendelssohn in celebration of my resilient city,” said Sunstein, an Ashmont Hill native who was a member of the All Saints’ Choir of Men and Boys while studying organ under All Saints, Ashmont’s former organist and choirmaster Michael Kleinschmidt. “I am thrilled to be able to come home to Boston and offer this concert in celebration of my roots and my city. This parish, my mother, and Ashmont Hill Chamber Music have nurtured me musically in such profound ways, and I still consider All Saints’ Ashmont my spiritual home.”

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