Hell's talent heaven-sent

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Classical Music

April 27, 2003|By Tim Smith

He may not have the best name for marketing purposes in the English-speaking world, but Felix Hell obviously has the talent. The 17-year-old German organist also easily lives up to some of the German meanings of his surname -- "bright" and "clear," for example. His talent started emerging clearly and brightly when he gave his first concert at age 8, and it has been going strong ever since.

He quickly went on to win several competitions (in organ and piano) and to concertize throughout Germany. Inter-national touring, including appearances at such notable venues as the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, has reinforced Hell's reputation.

The organist, who has already given recitals in at least 15 states, including ours, is back in Baltimore to play works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Dupre and Barber (an arrangement of the famous Adagio for Strings).

The recital is at 4 p.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St. Admission is $10; $5 for students. Call 410-433-6650.

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