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50th anniversary concert May 17 


Celebrates our Casavant pipe organ

Featuring organ soloist Dr. Michael J. Diorio and All Saints Chamber Orchestra


Join us at 7:30 p.m. on May 17, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Casavant pipe organ. 


Recreating the first concert in which this unique and beloved instrument was introduced to All Saints in May 1974, Friday evening's program will feature a chamber orchestra composed of strings and woodwinds under the direction of Dr. Mark Trautman.  At the organ will be soloist Dr. Michael J. Diorio, who presented an enthusiastically received exploration of the 1982 Hymnal last spring at All Saints.

The evening will offer works by Bach, Mozart, and other luminaries. A particular highlight will be the famed and virtuosic Organ Concerto in D Minor by J.S. Bach.

Our organ was first played by Dr. Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr. on Easter Day 1974.  At the time, Dr. Bristol had been our organist and choirmaster for 34 years and had served as president of Westminster Choir College in Princeton for several years in the 1960s. He was also instrumental (pardon the pun) in helping All Saints acquire the organ, which was formally dedicated on June 30, 1974, at the opening of the summer season, by the Rt. Rev. Albert W. Van Duzer, the Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey.

Following Friday's concert, all are invited to gather in Bristol Hall for a reception featuring a Golden Anniversary cake and a toast with select wines donated by our vintner parishioners Mark and Linda Carduner. 

The event is free and open to the public.

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