Organist from J.S. Bach's church returns to Union

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Stefan Kiessling, assistant organist at J.S. Bach’s church in Leipzig, Germany, returns to Union College for the third year in a row, this time with no fewer than six appearances in the area.

Since his last visit, Herr Kiessling has toured extensively, including performances in Australia. During his one-week residency at Union College, which started on Jan. 19, he has interacted with students from many disciplines, especially with those in music, German, electrical engineering, and computer science. He gave three different lectures in three days: “Leipzig in Photos,” “How Algorithms Help Musicians to Survive,” and “Baroque Everywhere: How the Organ’s Golden Age has Influenced Generations.” There are still three events, all open to the public and free of admission. Especially noteworthy are the two concerts, one on Sunday and the other on Monday.


Zion Lutheran Church at 153 Nott Terrace, Schenectady

January 24, Sunday, 3:00 p.m. with reception afterwards

Max Reger, Frank Martin, Camille Saint-Saëns

Memorial Chapel at Union College

January 25, Monday, 5:00 – 5:50 p.m. with reception afterwards

Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolf Günter Leidel


Organ Masterclass

January 23, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - noon

St. George’s Episcopal Church at 30 N. Ferry St., Schenectady