Crescent Concerts continues its 37th season with “Pipe Dreams,” the title of this year’s Festival of Organists, featuring five outstanding and celebrated performers playing music from a variety of composers including Frenchmen, Dupre, Durufle, Vierne and Messiaen. Appropriately, all five organists will be performing on Crescent’s Gilbert Adams pipe organ which was installed in 2002 and has been acclaimed by many for its beauty and “French sound.” The concert date is Sunday, March 17 at 3:00pm in the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church located in Plainfield, New Jersey. The organists are Peter Isherwood, Trent Johnson, Edwin Lopez, Ron Thayer and Shea Velloso.
Mr. Isherwood is currently Minister of Music at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Red Bank, New Jersey and serves as organist in several Roman Catholic churches in Monmouth County. He has been president and conductor of the NJ Shore Chorus. Mr. Isherwood is active in several professional organizations including the American Guild of Organists (AGO).
Trent Johnson is well known in the area as Music Director and Conductor of the Oratorio Singers in Westfield. He also is organist and Assistant Director of Music at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City. A noted and recorded composer, Mr. Johnson will play one of his own works for this concert.
Ron Thayer and Edwin Lopez have performed as ensemble pianists and organists for over twenty three years. They will collaborate and play Albrechtsberger’s Prelude and Fugue in C for four hands. Mr. Thayer who, by the way, was instrumental in helping to design and install the 5,124 Gilbert F. Adams organ, will also perform a work by Robert Paoli, a composer and singer with the Crescent Choral Society.
The fifth organist, Shea Velloso, has appeared in concert on the NPR program, “Pipedreams.” Currently, he is Director of Music at the United Methodist Church at Milltown. Mr. Velloso is past Dean of the Middlesex chapter of the AGO.
Tickets for this St. Patrick’s Day concert may be purchased at the door on the day of performance. General Admission-$25, Seniors-$20, Students-$10. There is ample free parking available. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church is located at 716 Watchung Avenue in Plainfield, New Jersey. For more information: 908-756-2468, or visit crescentconcerts.org
Photo No. 1 is Ronald Thayer. Photo No. 2 is Edwin Lopez. Photo No. 3 is Shea Velloso.