Sunday, 06.17.18: The church is now in “summer” mode, and to set the right atmosphere this Sunday we will have a Mozart day.At the offertory, the choir will sing Wolfgang’s “Canon of Praise” – one of the many contrapuntal delights he may have tossed off perhaps just to amuse himself between composing operas, concertos, sonatas, symphonies, masses, and much more. Prelude and postlude will be fashioned from small keyboard pieces written by Wolfgang (at ages 6 and 8), his gifted sister Nannerl, and some (yes, it’s Father’s Day) by their pedagogical dad Leopold.
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.