Christopher Creaghan, organist at the famed Riverside Church in New York City, will present a Tiffany Series concert. His program includes J.S. Bach's prestigious "Fantasia & Fugue in G minor," Calvin Hampton's "Fanfares," and McNeil Robinson's "Sonata." Of particular interest are Creaghan's organ transcriptions of two orchestral favorites: Gabriel Fauré's "Pavane" and M. Mussorgsky's "The Great Gate of Kiev," from Pictures at an Exhibition. John Walker, past president of the American Guild of Organists and Brown Memorial's Music Minister Emeritus, explains that it used to be quite common for organists to transcribe orchestral works, but in the last 50 years, it fell out of favor. Now that art -- which makes the organ into a virtual orchestra -- is being restored to its “proper place,” according to Walker. Brown Memorial’s renowned 1931 Tiffany organ, with its “magnificent variety of sonic resources,” is perfectly suited to such transcriptions, he noted.
Students get free admission. The concert will be follow by a reception. Free parking in the Mt Royal Elementary School lot off the 100 blk of Mosher street and shuttle service will be provided.
Creagan is a highly regarded musician who has performed on many of the largest organs in New York City and regularly accompanies the city's maor choral organizations in large scale works. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra and is the organist on a recent recording by the Marble Collegiate Church Choir. The weekly services that he plays at The Riverside Church are livestreamed internationally. He also serves as Organist and Choir Director for Temple Israel of New Rochelle.
Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church is known for its unparalleled collection of 11 original Tiffany stained glass windows.
Bring a copy of the half-price offer with you to Will Call at the door.