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October 22, 2017

Organized Rhythm


Clive Driskill-Smith, organist
Joseph Gramley, percussionist


Rye Presbyterian Church

882 Boston Post Rd.

Rye, NY 10580




Clive Driskill-Smith, organist and Joseph Gramley, percussionist



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Photos from the reception


Kyoko Meredith, Dr. Robert Chase, Margaret Kim

Host Jason Charneski and Dr. John King


Dean Terry Flanagan, Rick Coffey, and Joyce Gardner

Kevin Walsh, Karen Longwell, and Dr. Robert Bender



Westchester County, N.Y. Oct. 22, the chapter partnered with Rye Presbyterian Church and the New York City AGO chapter in sponsoring a recital at Rye Presbyterian Chruch to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Rye's Casavant. The recital featured the organ and percussion ensemble Organized Rhythm. Clive Driskill-Smith, organist and Joseph Gramley, percussionist, gave a program of outstanding beauty with a satisfying amount of showmanship. It included Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, and Hoe-Down from Rodeo; Paul Creston’s Meditation, and Ives’ Variations on “America”. The second half of the program was dedicated to Holst’s The Planets. A surprise feature was the addition of a commissioned piece, Pluto, by Stephen Eddins, which was inserted into Holst’s work. It brought a more contemporary sound to the work, using global instruments like the Peruvian box drum and other African rhythm instruments. Mr. Driskill-Smith played the 68-rank Casavant installed in 1981, rebuilt in 2002, and upgraded in 2016. It was promised that he would “use every stop”, and he certainly did! The performers chatted with the audience at a reception afterwards. -- Karen Longwell

as published in the January, 2018 issue of The American Organist


Photos: Courtesy of Virginia Bender

Last updated: January 4, 2018