Master Organist Gary Rutherford Performs on Gottfried Silbermann Organ
The Thursday, October 17th Candlelight Concert at Trinity United Methodist Church marks the debut performance of nationally renowned Master Organist, Gary Rutherford, at the console of the new pipe organ built to emulate a German organ of the Baroque period (17th - 18th centuries). Rutherford will perform on Trinity’s inspired emulation of a baroque instrument built by Gottfried Silbermann in 1735 in Reinhardsgrimma, Germany. Silbermann was a friend of Johann Sebastian Bach who influenced the musical design of his instruments. The Silbermann organ is designed to play baroque music (1650-1750) such as that by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and many others. This music necessitates the use of several different types of pipes some of which use reeds. This includes trumpets, oboes and brass. The sound range is broad, deep and authoritative.
Rutherford’s Candlelight performance, entitled “Organ Connections”, will include music selections from 4 centuries of composers, beginning with Prelude in G Major BWV 572- Pièce d’Orgue by J. S. Bach, ca. 1708 and culminating with a contemporary piece by George Akerley, A Sweet for Mother Goose, which will be narrated by Terry Reitz, Organist Emeritus of Trinity United Methodist Church. Other selections include, Franz Liszt’s, Prelude and Fugue on the Name of B-A-C-H; Marcel Dupré’s Cortège et Litanie; César Franck’s Pièce Héroïque and Toccata from 24 Piéces de Fantasie, Opus 53 No. 6, by Louis Vierne.
The concert will be performed at Port Townsend’s oldest Victorian Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, 609 Taylor Street, across from the Community Center, Uptown. Doors open at 6:00 PM, – admission is by a suggested $10 donation (children admitted free). Refreshments will be served following the performance. Call (360) 774-1644 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.