Thursday, July 11, 2013

Riverside Church New York City Summer Organ Series Tuesdays to August 6, 2013

From a media release - sorry I missed the first two concerts:

THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH HOSTS ACCOMPLISHED GROUP OF ORGANISTS FOR ITS
ANNUAL SUMMER ORGAN SERIES


• Tuesdays to August 6, 2013 from 7 to 9pm
• Tickets are available at the door and are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens/students.  
• For additional information the public can call 212-870-6722 or email music@theriversidechurchny.org

Concert Series Highlight to Include Live Organ Improvisation Accompaniment to Classic 1929 Feature Film The Phantom of the Opera on July 23

NEW YORK CITY - Spotlighting one of the largest and most acclaimed organs in the world and continuing a decades old tradition of summer concerts featuring outstanding organists, The Riverside Church is presenting its Annual Summer Organ Series—featuring six concerts throughout the summer—every Tuesday, July 2 to August 6 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Church’s majestic Nave, 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd Sts.), Morningside Heights.

Pulling out all the stops, the concert series will feature performances by talented organists playing a mixed repertoire ranging from traditional music to orchestral transcriptions on the Church’s 206-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, the second largest instrument in New York City, with over 12,000 pipes.  A highlight of the series will be a live organ improvisation accompaniment to the classic 1929 film The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney.  The full series schedule follows:

· July 16 – Christopher Creaghan, Assoc. Organist, The Riverside Church, NYC.  Works by Bach, Robinson, Hilse and Widor.
· July 23 – Dorothy Papdakos, Concert Organist, NC.  Previously of Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC. A special concert of live organ improvisation accompanying a screening of the 1929 feature film Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney.
· July 30 – Craig S. Williams, Organist and Choirmaster, Cadet Chapel, USMA, West Point, NY.  Works by Dupré, Lemmens, Faxon and Liszt
· August 6 – Matthew Lewis, Director of Music and Organist, Church of the Incarnation, NYC. Works by Franck, Vierne, Saint-Saëns and Duruflé.



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.

ANNUAL SUMMER ORGAN SERIES
TUESDAYS, JULY 2 – AUGUST 6
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH, NAVE
490 RIVERSIDE DRIVE (BET. 120TH & 122ND STS.)
MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS
$20 FOR ADULTS; $15 FOR SENIORS/STUDENTS


Directions: To get to The Riverside Church by subway take the 1 to 116th St. and walk to 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd St.) two blocks west of Broadway.

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