Concert organist to perform in Hilo

  • Courtesy photo Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo hosts Adam Pajan, instructor of organ at the University of Oklahoma’s American Organ Institute, on Thursday evening for a performance on Hawaii Island’s largest Allen digital church organ.

Adam Pajan, instructor of organ at the University of Oklahoma’s American Organ Institute, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 21) at Christ Lutheran Church, 595 Kapiolani St., in Hilo.

His program will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann, George Gershwin and other well-known composers. He will perform on the largest Allen digital church organ on Hawaii Island.

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Pajan has performed in churches throughout the United States and Europe, including St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

He has been honored as the first-prize recipient in three national competitions (Albert Schweitzer, Arthur Poister and Ruth and Clarence Mader) and received the Firmin Swinnen Second Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in 2013.

His playing has been heard at conventions of the American Institute of Organbuilders, Organ Historical Society, American Guild of Organists, American Liszt Society and multiple times on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams.”

At the University of Oklahoma, Pajan teaches students in organ performance, organ technology and church music.

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Admission to the concert is free, with donations welcomed. For more information, call 492-9806 or visit agohawaii.org.

This concert is being presented in Hilo by the Hawaii Chapter of the American Guild of Organists with assistance from Christ Lutheran Church, Walter Greenwood, Rick Mazurowski, Michael Kingston and Church Organs Hawaii.

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