THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH HOSTS ACCOMPLISHED GROUP OF ORGANISTS FOR ITS
ANNUAL SUMMER ORGAN SERIES
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Concert Series Highlight to Include Live Organ Improvisation Accompaniment to Cecil B. DeMille’s Classic Silent Film King of Kings, by Renowned Organist David Briggs
Continuing its commitment to provide diverse and culturally rich programs to the community, The Riverside Church is presenting its Annual Summer Organ Series—featuring six concerts throughout the summer—every Tuesday, July 3 to August 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Nave, 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights.
Each concert will feature music performed by talented organists on the Church’s 206-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, the second largest instrument in New York City, with over 12,000 pipes. The schedule of performances is as follows:
· July 3 – Christopher Johnson, Director of Music & Organist of The Riverside Church, NYC. Works by Ives, Barber, Paine and Copland
· July 10 – Ulrike Theresia Wegele, Professor of Organ, Univ. of Graz, Austria. Works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Zebinger and Aranyi-Aschner
· July 17 – Christopher Creaghan, Assoc. Organist, The Riverside Church Works by Bach, Widor, Schmitt and Hilse
· July 24 – Harry Huff, Minister of Music and Organist, Old South Church, Boston, MA. Works by Bach, Franck, Dupre, Messiaen, Alain, Hampton, Puccini and Mancini
· July 31 – David Briggs, Concert Organist, Ipswich, MA. A special concert of live organ improvisation accompanying the epic 1927 Cecil B. DeMille silent film King of Kings
· August 7 – David Davies, Assistant Organist, Exeter Cathedral, UK. Works by Langlais, Howells, Sowerby and Liszt
Prior to each concert at 6:30 p.m., audiences will also have the chance to enjoy an incredible recital performed on one of the most famous carillons in the world—the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon. The carillon’s centerpiece, the Bourdon Bell—weighing 20 tons—is the world’s largest and heaviest tuned bell ever cast. Its smallest bell weighs ten pounds. Featuring 74 bells in total, in terms of physical size and weight (over 100 tons), the Riverside carillon has never been surpassed.
Tickets are available at the door and are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens/students. For additional information the public can call 212-870-6721 or visit http://www.theriversidechurchny.org/.