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Tickets on Sale Now for the 2017 Organ Crawl: Three Churches and Three Organists to Showcase Iconic, Historic Organs throughout Cathedral Square

Monday, April 3, 2017

Syracuse, NY – Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Organ Crawl, presented by the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association. On Sunday afternoon, April 23, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, three  locally-renowned organists will delight the senses by playing the majestic organs at  Plymouth Congregational Church (map), St. Paul’s Syracuse The Downtown Episcopal Church (map) and Park Central Presbyterian Church (map). The listening tour will begin at Plymouth Congregational Church promptly at 1:30 pm, April 23 and conclude with a reception at the Park Central Presbyterian Church Parish House following the last performance at 3:30 pm.

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

  • Joseph Downing at Plymouth Congregational Church
  • James Potts at St. Paul’s Syracuse The Downtown Episcopal Church
  • Anne Laver at Park Central Presbyterian Church

Each organist will play for 25 minutes, taking the audience through a handful of musical selections, featuring some selections from local composers in their respective locations. Event organizers will lead the crowd to the second and thirds stops along the listening tour. For planning purposes, the churches are located within a half-mile radius of one another.

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.  In addition to beautiful music, the Organ Crawl highlights historic facts about each church and organ.

“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 the Cathedral Square neighborhood for brunch, listen to the enchanting, beautiful pieces played by our talented organists, and stick around for a reception to meet your neighbors and businesses.”

In previous years, the organ at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located at 259 East Onondaga Street, has also been featured as a stop along the Organ Crawl. However, this year the sanctuary is under construction. The CSNA looks forward to the 2018 presentation of the Organ Crawl, which will feature the newly renovated Cathedral as well.  

Advance Sale tickets to the Organ Crawl are on sale now for $12. You may purchase the tickets using your credit card through Eventbrite, or access the link through the Cathedral Square website. You may also reserve a ticket over the phone to be paid for and picked up on the day of the Organ Crawl by calling Alice Maggiore at (315) 470-1953.  Advance Sale tickets are only available through Thursday, April 20 at Noon. After that,  a  limited number of tickets will be available for cash or check purchase only on April 23 for $15 at Plymouth Congregational Church, starting at 12:45 pm.

After 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). For more information, please visit the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association’s website.

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