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Three Churches and Three Organists to Showcase Iconic, Historic Organs throughout Cathedral Square

Monday, April 11, 2016

DSC 0055Syracuse, NY – Tickets are on sale now for the 2016 Organ Crawl, presented by the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association. On Sunday afternoon, April 24, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, three locally-renowned organists will delight the senses by playing the majestic organs at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (map), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (map) and Park Central Presbyterian Church (map). The listening tour begins at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 1:30 pm, April 24 and concludes with a reception at Park Central Presbyterian Church at 3:30 pm.

The Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association (CSNA) is pleased to announce that three of the area’s most well-known and accomplished organists will be playing. Attendees will enjoy musical selections played by:

The Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association (CSNA) is pleased to announce that three of the area’s most well-known and accomplished organists will be playing. Attendees will enjoy musical selections played by:

  • Glenn Kime at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
  • James Potts at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Will Headlee at Park Central Presbyterian Church

Each organist will play for 25 minutes, taking the audience through a handful of musical selections in their respective locations.

Two of the selections will be the same at each stop along the listening tour. This way, attendees will be able to listen for and appreciate the differences in sound and acoustics at each destination. Guests are encouraged to listen particularly for the differences in the horizontal trumpet sound – also known as “party horns” – when listening to “Festive Trumpet Tune” by David German, and to keep an ear out for the contrasting quiet and lyric sounds during “Tribute- a Lullaby for Organ” by Craig Phillips. Additional pieces played by the organists will be selections of their choosing, and unique to each organ.

Event organizers will lead the crowd to each stop along the listening tour, all located within two walking blocks. In addition to beautiful music, the Organ Crawl will highlight historic facts about each church and organ.

The Organ Crawl has grown every year since it started in 2009. This is the signature fundraiser for the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association, which embraces the Montgomery Street-Columbus Circle National Historic District and Fayette Park.

“Cathedral Square is the crown jewel of Downtown Syracuse, and the Organ Crawl offers a great opportunity to explore all of the neighborhood’s charms,” said Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association President Anthony Catsimatides. “We encourage the community to make a day out of it. Come down to Cathedral Square for brunch, listen to the enchanting, beautiful pieces played by our talented organists, and stick around for a reception to learn more about the neighborhood.”

In previous years, the organ at Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 232 East Onondaga Street, has also been featured as a stop along the listening tour. However, this year the church is under construction. The CSNA looks forward to the 2017 presentation of the Organ Crawl, which will feature the newly renovated sanctuary.

Advance Sale tickets to the Organ Crawl are on sale now, available online through Eventbrite for $12. You may also access the link to purchase tickets through the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association's website. Advance Sale tickets will be available through Friday, April 22. To reserve a ticket over the phone to be paid for and picked up on the day of the Organ Crawl, please call Alice Maggiore at (315) 470-1953. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase on April 24 for $15 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The program will begin promptly at 1:30 pm.

At St. Paul’s and Park Central, guests are encouraged to sit where the choirs gather, close to the organs. When the program concludes at Park Central Presbyterian Church, everyone is invited to stay for a reception featuring light refreshments in the Parish House. As an additional treat, attendees will have a unique opportunity to talk to the organists.

About the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association:
The Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association, established in 2009, represents a diverse collaboration of committed neighborhood leaders, businesses, and residents dedicated to re-energizing the neighborhood. The Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association celebrates the character of the neighborhood, further enhancing it through the integration of arts, service, living and learning. The Neighborhood Association meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 8:00 am at Open Atelier Offices, located at 451 South Warren Street in Syracuse (map). 

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