Gala Organ Concert
Organist Gregory Eaton Plays Audience Favorites
Sunday, November 17, 2013—7:00 pm
Concert to Benefit Tower and Organ Restoration Fund
Suggested donation: $25; seniors and students $20.
Gregory Eaton, Organist and Director of Music at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church for 20 years, will present Celebrating 20 Years at the Skinner Organ, a fund-raising concert, on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 7:00 pm. The concert is a benefit for the restoration of the church’s tower and the famous organ housed inside it.
Mr. Eaton will play the Peabody Memorial Organ, built by the Skinner Organ Company and installed in the church in 1925. With five keyboards, a pedal board and 4,718 pipes, it is the largest and most complete Skinner organ in New York City and has been recognized as a landmark instrument.
Celebrating 20 Years at the Skinner Organ will feature audience requested selections from Mr. Eaton’s wide-ranging repertoire of more than 580 secular and classical musical works from the 15th century to the present. Over two decades, Eaton has provided major support for the maintenance and restoration of the historic church and organ through his fundraising and music programs, including a popular lunchtime concert series now in its fifteenth year. The program will include:
Toccata on ‘Hyfrydol’ – Craig Phillips
Rubrics – Dan Locklair
The peace may be exchanged. . .
. . .silence may be kept. . .
Pine Apple Rag – Scott Joplin
Prelude & Fugue in E♭ (St. Anne) BWV 552 – J.S. Bach
Now Thank We All Our God – J.S. Bach, arr. Fox
Sheep May Safely Graze – J.S. Bach, arr. Biggs
Choral #3 in a minor – César Franck
Crown Imperial – William Walton
Tower and Organ Fund. The organ is housed inside the church’s 275-foot tower on Clinton Street. For decades, scaffolding erected to protect against the effects of brownstone deterioration has obscured the church entrance and tower. Work on the tower roof and exterior, which are in serious need of repair, will require removal of all the organ pipes, facilitating ongoing efforts to address non-functioning parts and notes. Support for the church’s Tower and Organ Fund will facilitate an assessment and planning of the project.
Contributions may be made online. Checks payable to St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, noting “Tower and Organ Fund,” may be sent to the church at 157 Montague St., Brooklyn, NY 11201. Contact 718-875-6960 or email@example.com.
A reception will follow the concert. Come and enjoy an evening of wonderful music and help St. Ann’s at the same time!