FRIENDS OF MUSIC BECKERATH ORGAN RECITAL
Featuring Concert Organist, Robert McCormick
Sunday, February 10, 2019 AT 4:00 PM
Robert McCormick is Organist and Choirmaster of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. This follows eight years as Director of Music at St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington, D.C. and seven years as Organist and Music Director at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York. Mr. McCormick is widely heralded by his colleagues as one of the finest concert organists of this era. “McCormick proved to be a top notch technician, able to convey power or sensitivity as warranted.” – The Macon Telegraph (Georgia) Described by Choir & Organ as “indomitable and immensely gifted” and by The Macon Telegraph as “an artist of rare sensitivity and passion.”
Known for his creative and unique abilities in organ improvisation, Mr. McCormick was named a semi-finalist in the 2005 St. Albans International Organ Festival Improvisation Competition. His recital at St. Stephen’s Church will culminate in an improvisation, something which is rarely heard in classical recital programs these days. This is an exceptional opportunity to hear an original piece of music created on the spot that will exist only for those minutes and never be repeated in precisely the same way; truly of the moment.
Recital attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artist at a reception following this special performance. No tickets are required. A suggested $10 donation can be made at the door. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is located at 119 Main Street, Millburn, NJ 07041. For more information, visit ststephensmillburn.org or call 973-376-0688.
Designed and built for the interior of St. Stephen’s Church by the celebrated German organ builder Rudolph von Beckerath, the 1970 tracker organ takes its primary inspiration from the golden age of 17th and 18th century North German organ building during the time of Johann Sebastian Bach. Its full mechanical (tracker) key action is faithful to the earlier organs. Electricity is used only to supply the wind pressure to sound the pipes and to change the combinations of stops.
The St. Stephen’s Beckerath organ has proven a delight to play and a revelation to hear with its wonderful clarity of tone. Designed to be heard in this outstanding example of the 19th century Gothic revival church architecture, it has become a major cultural resource, drawing an audience from throughout the tri-state area and concert organists from across America and Europe. It will celebrate its 50th anniversary next season.
About the Friends of Music
The St. Stephen’s Church Friends of Music is dedicated to sharing the gift of beautiful music with the wider community. This recital series relies heavily on the generous financial support of its Friends of Music to maintain the series, now in its 47th season. As you are able, please consider supporting the series as a Friend of Music with a tax deductible donation, entitling you to admission to each recital and acknowledgment in the program. Donors are listed in the. following categories:
PHILANTHROPISTS $300 or more
BENEFACTORS $200 to $299
PATRONS $100 to $199
SPONSORS $30 to $99
Mail checks payable to “Friends of Music at St. Stephen’s,” and mail to Friends of Music at St. Stephen’s, 119 Main Street, Millburn, NJ 07041. Please print your name as it should appear in the program, and include your postal address as a backup
And thank you for your support!
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Friends of Music organ recital series (now in its 48th year) offers a music ministry to the larger community with recitalists from near and far, who relish the opportunity to perform on the distinguished Beckerath organ.