After a summer hiatus, the first free Wednesday organ concert of the season by Gregory Eaton will be on September 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm. As befits the date, this is a “Concert of Memory and Tribute” and will feature a program of music with printed meditations and prayers appropriate for the anniversary of 9/11. The pieces will be:
Litanies – Jehan Alain
In Memoriam – Joseph Bonnet
Pastorale – César Franck
Adagio on a Bass by Albinoni – Remo Giazotto
Pièce Héroïque – César Franck
In dir ist Freude – J.S. Bach
Vater unser im Himmelreich – Georg Böhm
Festival Piece – Craig Phillips
This is the 15th season of short (about 45 minutes) lunchtime concerts offered by Gregory Eaton, St. Ann’s Director of Music for 20 years. He, along with occasional guest organists, presents music on the church’s landmark E.M. Skinner organ. The organ, built in 1925, has over 4,700 pipes, played from five keyboards and pedalboard.
Mr. Eaton offers wide-ranging works of great music from the 15th Century to the present including many secular pieces, sonatas and symphonies of the organ repertoire, and transcriptions for the organ of popular classical compositions. Over the years of the Wednesday concerts, he has played more than 560 different musical works.
On Sunday, November 17, at 7:00 pm, some of those works will be featured at another of Mr. Eaton’s Gala Fund-Raising concerts. He invites any who might be interested to let him know if there are favorite pieces of music they have heard over the years and would like included in the program. Send your suggestions to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, mark the date and plan to attend.
The Wednesday concerts as well as the church and its windows were featured recently by the WNYE TV program $9.99. It can be seen in the second segment of the episode “$9.99: Antique NYC.” and viewed here.