Organists Wayne Dietterick, Kevin Graf, Andrew Moore, and Rick Morgan will be performing on Sunday, March 13 at 3 pm at the historic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield. The annual organ festival, this year entitled The Thrill of the Chase, provides an opportunity to enjoy the range and power of the Adams organ, in the gorgeous acoustics of CAPC’s Neo-Gothic sanctuary.
For this year's program, performers will present variations on the theme "The Thrill of the Chase." Pieces by Bach, Hampton, Langlais, Saint-Saëns and others will be performed by the following outstanding organists:
- Wayne Dietterick, Organist and Choirmaster at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Scotch Plains and Composer in Residence, Assistant Conductor and a member of the Caritas Chamber Chorale based in Far Hills. Mr. Dietterick holds a B.A. in music education from Susquehanna University, and has studied with Dr. Leonard Raver and Robert Shaw. He has composed and arranged over 170 organ and choral works that have been performed by choirs internationally.
- Kevin Graf, the Organ Scholar at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, and active member of the metropolitan chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Mr. Graf holds a B.A. from Indiana University where his teachers included Sarah Moon, Zhenya Jaynes, and Christopher Young. He has also studied privately with Brian Harlow. Previously, Mr. Graf has held organist positions at the First Presbyterian Church of Long Branch and Morristown United Methodist Church.
- Andrew Moore, Teacher and Chair of the Music Department at the Pingry School in Bernards Township and Organist and Choirmaster of Christ Church in Short Hills. Dr. Moore holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Juilliard School. He has performed throughout the United States, Germany, and Great Britain, and in most of the major New York City concert halls and churches including Alice Tully Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
- Richard Morgan, Director of Music and Organist at St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville, NJ and Artistic Director of the Chorus of Communities in Belleville. Mr. Morgan is a prize-winning organist who holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University. He has studied with organist André Marchal and worked with English composers Malcolm Archer and Ralph Allwood. Mr. Morgan is an accomplished accompanist and a popular vocal coach and frequent organ recitalist.
So whether you're an organ aficionado, or just curious, come to Crescent Concerts Festival of Organists: The Thrill of the Chase!
March 13, 2016 at 3PM
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield
Ample free, secure parking in Church lot (Entrance on 1st Place - connected to church by walkway)
Ticket prices: General Admission-$20, Seniors-$15, Students-$5.
Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the concert, or are available during normal business hours at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church office. Call 908-756-2468 or visit http://crescentconcerts.org/ for more information about this and upcoming concerts.
About Crescent Concerts
Since 1980, Crescent Concerts at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church has brought world-class musical events to the residents of the City of Plainfield and surrounding communities. Under the superb musical direction of F. Allen Artz III, programming for our concert series is wonderfully diverse, including solo voice and instrumental performances, chamber groups, and full choral/orchestral spectaculars. Crescent Concerts is committed to ensuring that its programs are accessible to all. If you require a special accommodation, please do not hesitate to ask at the concert or call in advance at 908-756-2468 (9am – 4pm).
Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.