Going for Baroque: Titusville Presbyterian to Host Organ Concert May 2

Organist Andrew Henderson of New York's Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church will perform works by the Baroque masters such as Handel, J.S. Bach, Tallis and Purcell. Highlights will include a suite from Handel's "Water Music," J.S. Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in C major," and a suite of Purcell's "Trumpet Tunes," as well as congregational singing of Baroque hymn tunes.

Titusville, NJ, March 19, 2010 --(PR.com)-- The First Presbyterian Church of Titusville will bring to Central New Jersey the sounds of the great Baroque masters during an organ concert on Sunday, May 2 at 6 p.m. Andrew Henderson, the organist and director of music at New York’s Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and a 2007 graduate of the Julliard School, will present a program of hymns and organ solos by composers including J.S. Bach, Handel, Purcell and Tallis.

“Our church is very excited to welcome Dr. Henderson to Titusville,” said the Rev. Will Shurley, pastor of the church. “We are pleased to be able to offer to our community an opportunity to hear talent and artistry like his so close to home.”

Concertgoers will hear a program including Baroque favorites such as a suite from Handel’s “Water Music,” J.S. Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in C major,” a suite of Purcell’s “Trumpet Tunes” and Henderson’s own transcription of Handel’s “Organ Concerto in F.” The audience will also be able to participate in singing hymns set to Baroque tunes and arrangements, including Handel’s “Judas Maccabeus,” Tallis’ “Tallis’ Canon” and J.S. Bach’s “O Gott, du frommer Gott.”

“Music has been and is an integral part of the Christian church,” said Kristen Olenderski, Titusville’s director of music. “Andrew’s appearance here will bring that musical tradition alive, not only through his solo pieces, but also through congregational song.”

Henderson, a native of Ontario, completed degree programs at Cambridge University in England and at Yale University. Prior to beginning his tenure at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, he was the assistant organist at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York, and has recently appeared with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, and Music Sacra, in addition to performing solo recitals in Nebraska, New Jersey, Georgia, South Carolina, and New York.

The concert is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception. Free-will offerings to defray concert expenses will be received. More information can be found at www.titusvillechurch.org, or by calling (609) 737-1385.

The First Presbyterian Church of Titusville, New Jersey, founded in 1838, is located along the banks of the Delaware River at 48 River Drive. It is a mile north of the Washington Crossing bridge, and 6 miles south of Lambertville. Sunday services are at 11 a.m. during the year, and at 10 a.m. during the summer.

First Presbyterian Church of Titusville
Will Shurley