Benefit Concert


... a most impressive musical interpreter ...
— The Boston Musical Intelligencer (2011)

Balint Karosi performs at Old West Church for Bach's Birthday.

Friday, March 22nd, at 7:30 p.m.

A recital to benefit the Old West Organ Society.

This concert is a culminating event in a weekend of festivities in Boston to celebrate Bach's 334th birthday.

Also included is an all-day event at First Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 23rd.


Tickets are $25. All proceeds benefit the Old West Organ Society. 

When making your purchase, please consider donating additional tickets, which will be offered to student organists who may otherwise not be able to attend. 

Students wishing to request a complimentary ticket should click here.


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Balint Karosi

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Program

A program of works celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) 

Prelude and Fugue in E Major, BWV 566

Chorale No. 1 in E Major

by César Franck

Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele, BWV 654

Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582

Two Chorale Preludes on Vom Himmel Hoch, BWV 700 & 701

Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch, BWV 769

“Foundation” Toccata and Fugue on an American Tune (2019)

an original composition by Balint Karosi


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This concert also serves as a launch for Balint Karosi’s new Bach disc!

Copies will be on sale at the concert.


About Balint Karosi

Bálint Karosi is an active composer, concert organist, conductor and harpsichordist. He is the prizewinner of the 2008 International J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig. An avid interpreter of Bach, he has recorded three CDs of Bach’s music, most recently the Art of Fugue and the Clavier-übung III, released by Hungaroton. In 2015 Bálint Karosi was appointed as Cantor at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in midtown Manhattan, where he oversees an ambitious musical program, with frequent performances of choral and orchestral works including a yearly performance of one of J. S. Bach’s Passions on Good Friday. Previously, Bálint served as Minister of Music at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, where he established a Bach Cantata Vespers series and co-founded the annual Boston Bach Birthday. He is under management with Penny Lorenz Artist Management. Balint's compositions have been performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, UMZE, the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, Musiciens Libres, Animae Musica Chamber Orchestra, Boston Choral Ensemble, Antico Moderno and the Norfolk Festival Choir and Orchestra. Recent commissions include an Overture for the Hungarian State Opera, a Reformation Symphony to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation for the Symphonic Band of Concordia University of Chicago (River Forest), a second organ concerto for János Pálúr, a bassoon sonata, and Exoplanets for Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra. He is the recipient of the 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Junior Prima Prize in his native Hungary. Bálint is a doctoral candidate in composition at Yale University, from which he received an MMA degree in 2014. He also holds a Master’s degree in historical keyboard performance and an artist diploma in organ performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, two Master’s degrees from the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and two Prix de Virtuosités from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève. He also holds two master degrees in clarinet performance from the Liszt Academy and the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève.