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2020 NYCAGO Presidents' Day Conference


Monday, February 17, 2020

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Temple Emanu-El

1 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065


The New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents a yearly conference on Presidents' Day, Monday, February 17. This year's gathering will visit Temple Emanu-El, the landmark Romanesque Revival synagogue on Manhattan's Upper East Side that houses the foremost congregation of Reform Judaism.

All attendees will enter through the Community House at 1 East 65th Street. The registration table will open at 9 AM, and a Continental breakfast will be provided.

The conference itself will run from 10 AM until 5 PM, and will feature Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte accompanying a silent film. Temple musicians Jack Coen, Dr. Andrew Henderson, and Daniel Beckwith will offer an organ recital, highlighting the Temple's extensive musical legacy. The renowned Temple Choir will participate in a concert-lecture with Cantor Emerita Lori Corrsin. Organ builder Sebastian Glück will give a presentation addressing the design and construction of the American synagogue organ. A tour of the historic campus, including a demonstration of the Beth-El chapel organ, will be offered by Mark Heutlinger, Temple Emanu-El's Administrator. The Temple's museum, with a special exhibit on Barbra Streisand, will also be open to attendees.

The organ in the Temple's Sanctuary was originally built in 1929 by Casavant Fréres of Canada as their Opus 1322. Rebuilt by Austin in 1956, it was again rebuilt by Sebastian Glück of New York City in 2002 and now totals 135 ranks. In 2007 Glück provided a new 3 manual/35-rank instrument for the Beth-El Chapel.

The conference's events are free for NYCAGO Chapter members, AGO dual members, and members of Temple-Emanu-El's congregation. The general public is most welcome and tickets may be purchased the day-of for $40. Tickets for those attending only the 4 PM silent movie are $20 each.

The full conference schedule can be found here.

Please visit www.nycago.org for more information or contact NYCAGO Sub-Dean James Wetzel at jamesdaviswetzel@gmail.com.


If you have any questions about the AGO website or to submit additions to the NYCAGO Concert Calendar, please email Sam Bartlett at samueldavisbartlett@gmail.com.

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