The Friends of the Stone Church is presenting Let Joy Resound, a weekend celebration of the beauty of two historic organs, featuring Peter Edwin Krasinski, Organist, Dean of the Boston Chapter, American Guild of Organists, on the weekend of April 16-17. The concerts are designed to illustrate the beauty of two nineteenth-century tracker pipe organs:
- the 1874 William Johnson & Son (Opus 430) in the Gilbertville Trinitarian Church, 283 Main Street, Gilbertville on Saturday, April 16, at 4 pm; and
- the 1886 Hutchings (Opus 155) in the Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street, Ashburnham, on Sunday, April 17, at 4 pm.
Accompanied by cornettist Bruce Hopkins and a vocal ensemble assembled by baritone Donald Boothman, Mr. Krasinski will present a varied program of sacred and secular music, including his own improvisations. Mr. Krasinski is a faculty member of the St Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge. He serves as Organist for the First Church, Scientist in Providence and accompanist at Beth El Temple Center in Belmont. He is known for both highly spiritual performances, and his brilliant improvisations, as well as his entertaining silent film performances.
Additional events are planned before each of the concerts. On Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Gilbertville Stone Church, musicologist, organist and scholar Barbara Owen will speak about the history of these instruments in the context of 19th century organ building history and its significant musical legacy. The author of The Organ in New England, The Great Organ at Methuen and other books, she has long been an advocate for the study, preservation and use of historic American organs, and their very real musical relevance in the present day. The Wm. Johnson & Son organ in Gilbertville is unusual in that it is relatively unchanged from its original configuration in 1874, with the exception of electrification of the organ bellows. Despite being housed in an unheated building for the last five years, the Johnson pipe organ is in excellent condition thanks to the preservation and maintenance efforts of Stefan Maier of Orange, Mass.
On Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Ashburnham Community Church, Peter Krasinski will hold a masterclass in organ performance. Students selected by Mr. Krasinski will perform under his tutelage and mentoring, with the public invited to listen in.
Tickets are $60 for all events or $35 for individual concerts and $10 each for the lecture and masterclass, and may be purchased in advance through the Friends of the Stone Church, PO Box 347, Gilbertville, MA 01031 or through the Friends of Stone Church web site. Donors who contribute $100 in advance will receive a high quality CD Recording of the concerts.
Proceeds from Let Joy Resound will benefit the stabilization of the Gilbertville Stone Church, a landmark historic building designed by architect Elbridge Boyden of Worcester and a signature structure in the Gilbertville National Historic District.