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Christa Rakich
Fulbright scholar Christa Rakich studied for two years with Anton Heiller at the Hochschule fŁr Musik in Vienna, Austria. She holds Bachelorís degrees in organ and German from Oberlin College (Phi Beta Kappa). After receipt of her Masterís degree with honors from New England Conservatory, she was asked to join the faculty there, where she taught for several years. She has also served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College and the University of Connecticut, as artist-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and as assistant university organist at Harvard.  She is currently distinguished artist-in-residence at First Lutheran Church in Boston, MA, and directs the music program at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford, CT.  
A prize winner at international organ competitions (notably Bruges 1976), Rakich has received particular acclaim for her interpretations of the music of J. S. Bach.
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In Recital at St. Mark's Cathedral - Rakich From the Ashes: Music from Somers Congregational Church / Rakich, Schiano, Shearer Bach: Leipzig Chorales - Christa Rakich
In Recital at St. Mark's Cathedral/Rakich
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Bach: Leipzig Chorales/Rakich (2 CDs!)
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This recording documents a recital given as part of the American Guild of Organists national Convention in July of 2000. Played on the landmark Flentrop organ of St. Mark's Cathedral, Rakich's program was among the most popular at the convention.
Following a disastrous fire, Somers Congregational Church (Somers, CT) rebuilt their church and commissioned a new Richards-Fowkes organ The organ and acoustics are perfect for chamber music and intimate performances of organ solo literature. A two-disc program of Bach's famous "Great Eighteen," performed by acclaimed organist Christa Rakich on two very different organs -- the Fisk organ of Old West Church in Boston, and the Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. The booklet contains program notes by the artist as well as full organ specifications and registrations.
J.S. Bach: Trio Sonatas/Rakich (2 CDs!)
Bach: Trio Sonatas/Rakich et al. (2 CDs!)
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Scored for organ (or pedal clavichord), the Bach trio sonatas can be played on a variety of instruments, as Christa Rakich demonstrates in this imaginative program. Six different organs, six different organ builders, and an assortment of period chamber music instruments are used on this double-CD set!