An Organ and Harp Recital will be held at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in North Wales on Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. Organist Aaron Patterson is a student at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia. He won first place at the 2017 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition as well as at the 2016 West Chester University International Organ Competition. Aaron has performed at the Kimmel Center’s Organ Day and at the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ Spring Concert. He is an assistant Wanamaker Grand Court organist. Harpist Joan Steinberg is a busy and versatile performer. She plays extensively for local orchestras, churches, and special events.
This will be the final concert before St. Luke’s UCC officially closes at the end of April. The congregation was founded in 1776 and the present building was dedicated in 1909. The sanctuary is considered to be an acoustical and visual gem. Architect Milton Bean, who also designed the former Tremont Hotel in Lansdale, the Yocum and Godshalk Department Store in Souderton, and the Ambler Castle, is responsible for these amazing features. At that time Andrew Carnegie paid half of the cost for the new Estey Pipe Organ. It was originally powered by water. The organ was extensively rebuilt in the 70s. Many of the original pipes remain. A host of well-known organists have performed on the organ through the years. These include Mark Bani, Charles Callahan, Felix Hell, Rudy Lucente, Marilyn Mason, Wesley Parrott, Gordon Turk, and John Tuttle, among others. This will be Mr. Patterson’s fourth recital at St Luke’s, having previously played for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists January Tuesday at Noon Recitals.
There will be no admission charge. Everyone in attendance will be required to wear a mask. St. Luke’s is located at 125 N. Main Street (Sumneytown Pike) in North Wales 19454. Additional parking is available across the street from the Main Street entrance. For more information visit www.UCCnorthwales.org or call Jon at 215.368.2884