The Yokohama Lucys, a gro
up of six young Japanese women, return to the area to perform two free organ concerts in Gloucester in an unusual tour this weekend.
The organists got their name because they trained on Opus 110, a pipe organ affectionately nicknamed Lucy. Lucy is the three-manual, 62-stop instrument built in 1998 by C. B. Fisk Inc. of Gloucester. Their teacher, Hatsumi Miura, organized the tour, and serves as professor of organ at Ferris University in Yokohama. Miura was educated at the New England Conservatory.
The tour on Cape Ann starts Friday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. when Yuka Saruwatari and Reiko Okamoto play the Jeremy Adams Organ at the Annisquam Village Church at 820 Washington St. in Gloucester. Music from many countries will culminate in the duo playing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.
On Saturday, Aug. 18, starting at 7:30 p.m., two recitals back-to-back on Fisk organs next door to each other will feature another two duos of “Lucys.” Kumi Shibusawa and Momoko Koshimizu will play on C.B. Fisk’s Opus 97 at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 48 Middle St. in Gloucester. Their program includes a four-hand, four-feet arrangement of movements from Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik.”
Then the music continues next door at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church at 10 Church St. in Gloucester following light refreshments served on the lawn in front of the church as the audience traverses from one church to the other. At 8:30 p.m. Mineko Kojima and Naoko Asao play the concluding recital on the 1962 Fisk rebuild of an 1893 Hutchings organ. Their program will feature a variety of organ music including that of contemporary Japanese composers.
For more information, call 978-283-1909.