ATTENTION ALL who are concert-starved and Corona-confined during the long pandemic:  STEEPLE CONCERTS AT ST. PAUL’S, WESTFIELD, is excited to announce the first concert of its 2020-21 “Season of Soloists.”  On Sunday, September 27, acclaimed organist Joshua Stafford will perform on the church’s magnificent 2004 Cornel Zimmer organ.  The general public is cordially invited to attend this much-anticipated musical event.

 

Please note that the same program will be presented twice, once at 3pm and again at 6pm.  Following NJ state guidelines, we are restricting our audience size to 50 attendees per concert and shortening each concert to approximately 45 minutes in length.

 

All concert goers must wear a mask at all times while in the building and audience members will be asked to remain seated in their assigned pew for the duration of the concert.

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Mr. Stafford is the 2016 Pierre S. duPont First Prize winner of the prestigious Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.  The $40,000 cash prize is the largest amount ever awarded in a pipe organ competition. 

 

Stafford received his BA in Music from the Curtis Institute of Music and his MA in Music from the Yale School of Music.  His performances have been hailed as “technically flawless yet exceptionally nuanced and spontaneous.”  His concert programs almost always include a major organ transcription in addition to the standard organ repertoire.  He is the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey.

 

Future programs in this second Steeple Concert 2020-21 season will feature solo performances by pianist Daniel Epstein, harpist Bridget Kibbey, and cellist Oliver Herbert.  Advance purchase of tickets is encouraged due to capacity limitations for the 3pm and 6pm performances on each date. Depending on current NJ state recommendations, we may offer a streaming video performance in lieu of a concert with audience present.

 

Tickets to the concert are $25-adults and $10-students.  Tickets and details for this concert, as well as upcoming 2020-2021 programs are available on the Steeple Concerts website:  www.steepleconcerts.org.  Season subscriptions are also available on the website.

 

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Westfield is located at 414 East Broad Street across from Town Hall near Euclid Avenue.  Free parking is available both in the church parking lot and on adjacent St. Paul’s Street (south side of the church).  STEEPLE CONCERTS AT ST. PAUL’S is presented by the Friends of Music, a 501(c)3 organization devoted to presenting the arts in Westfield.