Saturday, May 3, 2008

Drinking in Church for Good

Next Tuesday May 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, there is going to be a cocktail party in the nave of the Church of the Holy Trinity. It is the perfect place to kick off the church’s Rieger Pipe Organ Restoration Project. The organ was installed in 1987, so the computer components don’t function as they should (your computer’s not 20 years old, is it?), and add to that 21 years of the grime of the city, it’s kind of amazing it works at all. That’s a tribute to the organ’s Viennese manufacturer, Rieger-Orgelbau. But the restoration, cleaning and new computer will cost $160,000. Famous organists who've performed on this organ are Anthony Newman, Gerre Hancock and Simon Preston, among others.

The party is free, being hosted by Dr. Stephen Hamilton, Minister of Music, and Betsy Foster, Chair of the Renovation Committee. They would love to see you there. The church is located at 316 East 88th Street, between First and Second Avenues. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Hamilton at 212.289.4100.

The accompanying photo shows the organ in all its glory.

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