Sunday, 10.14.18 In our ongoing hope for peace – within ourselves and with others – our offertory message is based on the traditional Latin canon “Dona nobis pacem” (Grant us peace.) Prelude is by J.S. Bach, from his famous “Well-Tempered Clavier” (“temper” referring to tuning, not emotion). Postlude is one of an ongoing series of improvisations, of the kind practiced by organists for centuries.
In 1961 the Aeolian-Skinner Company of Boston installed the two-manual, 34-stop forerunner of our present sanctuary organ. In 2001 J. Nelson and Company enriched the instrument by the addition of 61 digitally-sampled voices and a 3-manual console from the Allen Company in Pennsylvania, allowing the performance of repertoire ranging in style from baroque to contemporary. The dedicatory concert of the present organ was given by the late Dr. Philip Hahn, then Music Director at St. John’s. Images of the instrument may be viewed here.