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May 6, 2007 AGO Member Recital at the Church of the Immaculate Conception (St. Mary's), Yonkers, New York
The organ at St. Mary's

The Organists

Dr. Robert Chase, John Lettieri, Joseph Nigro, Thomas Zachacz, Judith Abel, and Douglas Kostner



The Program


Dr. Robert Chase

Dialogue on the Mixtures (Suite Breve) by Jean Langlais (1907 - 1991)

Modere et expressif (Vingt - Quatre Pieces) by Andre Fleury (1903- 1995)

Judith Abel Christ is Erstanden by Hermann Schroeder (1904 - 1984)
John Lettieri

Tiento de 1 Tone de mano derecha by Pablo Bruna (1611 - 1679)

Joie et Clarte des Corps Glorieux by Olivier Messiaen (1908 - 1992)

Thomas Zachacz

Impromptu, op. 78/1 by Samuel Coleridge Taylor (1875 - 1912)

Praeludium, op. 69/9 by Max Reger (1873 - 1916)

Fiat Lux by Theodore Dubois (1837 - 1924)

Joseph Nigro Fugue in E Flat Major (St. Anne) by J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
Douglas Kostner Finale (Sixth Symphony) by Charles Marie Widor (1844 - 1937)

Westchester, NY May 6, The chapter's annual members’ recital was held at The Church of the Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s) in Yonkers. The recital showcased the church's four-manual O’Dell organ (1906.) The performers were: Robert Chase, Judith Abel, John Lettieri, Thomas Zachacz, Joseph Nigro, and Douglas Kastner. Msgr. Hugh Corrigan welcomed a large audience of members, guests, and parishoners. Kevin Walsh was the host and commentator; resident organist Adam Hamarneh assisted; and Edna Neff Schloton prepared a dinner that followed in the church rectory. – Ralph A. Burkhart

(As published in The American Organist, August, 2007)

  From the Desk of Msgr. Corrigan, May 13, 2007:
    The organ recital last Sunday at 4:00 P.m. was wonderful! Six organists took turns playing two or three pieces each. Their names are Robert Chase, Judith Abel, John Lettieri, Thomas Zachaez, Joseph Nigro, and Douglas Kostner. Our organ was magnificent. Its music sent its vibrations through our bodies to our souls. The whole church building felt alive. Add to this the setting sun lighting up the colors of our stained glass windows was glorious. It was an "O my God" moment. It felt that God was speaking to us through this music.
    I thought of December 9, 1906 when the organ was first played at St. Mary's. It was built by Odell and Co. which was then based in Yonkers. In 1906 there was no radio, TV, phonographs, etc., so an organ concert was very special. I can imagine our church filled with a thousand people enjoying the afternoon. Today there are so many competing sources of music and entertainment that an organ recital draws few people (although we had a hundred people.) However, we have never given up on our organ. The popularity of organ music might be coming back. Perhaps in the future we can make this organ recital an annual event. A special thanks to the Westchester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists who arranged the program and brought such beauty to St. Mary's.
Photos: Courtesy of Virginia Bender
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