Organist Scott Vaillancourt practices on the organ at the basilica on November 4, 2016 Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Organist Scott Vaillancourt will perform at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Oasis of Music, held in the downstairs chapel of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, at 122 Ash St. in Lewiston. Organ masterworks that have come to be associated with Halloween, including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Boellman’s Gothic Suite, will be featured.

Vaillancourt is the music director at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston where he directs and oversees an active music program. He has taught for the University Maine system, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges; was director of the band and chorus at the University of New England; and is the principal tubist and organist for the Norumbega Ensemble.

A native of Van Buren, Vaillancourt graduated from Bowdoin College in 1992 and received both a Masters in Music Composition and a Masters in Performance from the University of Michigan in 1994. He is currently active as a freelance performer, composer, arranger, and teacher in the central and southern Maine areas. Some of the many ensembles he has performed with include: the Portland Symphony, the Portland Opera Repertory Theater Orchestra, the Bangor Symphony, the Colby Symphony, and the Portland Brass Quintet. He lives in Lewiston with his wife and three children.

The Oasis of Music is a weekly music series of short performances of roughly thirty minutes in length, running from September to May. Admission is free, with donations accepted. The musical genres vary greatly, in largely, but not exclusively, acoustic formats. Covid restrictions of optional mask-wearing and social distancing are observed.

For more information call 207-344-3106.

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