Austrian Organ Virtuouso to Perform in Wheeling

Lukas Hasler

WHEELING — A 200th anniversary organ concert will be presented at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1410 Chapline St., at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6.

The program will feature Austrian organ virtuouso Lukas Hasler.

The concert is open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted at the door.

Hasler is touring in the United States and China. This summer, he will release his debut compact disc with organ works by J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt and Marcel Dupre.

The 22-year-old organist, composer and choral conductor is gaining recognition for “his colorful and passionate musicality,” according to critics. In addition to his concert tours, Hasler appears as choirmaster and arranger of transcriptions for organ.

He is studying organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. He completed studies in cultural and media management at the University of Hamburg, Germany, where he graduated this year with a master’s degree.

Hasler has participated in the opening ceremony of the Salzburg Festival in Austria. He has performed at the Tyrolean Festival and the International Organ Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany.

He won the “Prima la musica” competition for organ twice. In a competition for young composers, he was named a finalist for his piano and violin suites.

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