27th Grace Church Bach Festival

Welcome to the 27th Annual Grace Church Bach Festival
July 17-31, 2021


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Listen to Father Rick Miles’ introduction and welcome to the 27th annual Grace Church Bach Festival.  Or paste this link into your browser to access the video:


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Listen to Salvatore Pronesti, organist and organ builder, talk about his work, its impact on his musical thinking, and how he put together his program for this year’s festival.  Or paste this link into your browser to access the video:


CONCERT #1: July 17, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Francine Mate thumbnailLaunch the virtual concert by clicking on the image to the left or clicking this link.
Bach Festival Director, Organist Francine Maté, performs works by J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, and Nicolaus Bruhns.
To read about Dr. Francine Mate, click here.
Click here to read about the A. David Moore organ (1981) at Grace Church.

Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BuxWV 149 – Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211 – Buxtehude
Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661 – J.S Bach
Prelude and Fugue in E minor (The “Little”) – Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697)
Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603 – J.S. Bach
In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 – J.S. Bach
Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 – J.S. Bach

CONCERT #2: Sunday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Michal Szostak thumbnailLaunch the virtual concert by clicking on the picture to the left or by clicking this link. Polish Organist Dr. Michał Szostak presents performances of works by JS Bach, Nicolaus Bruhns, and Dietrich Buxtehude on various organs in Europe including Saint-Eustache, Paris, France, and Legnica, Poland. His program includes the 2nd of the two Bruhns Preludes and Fugues in e minor and the glorious JS Bach Passacaglia and Fugue. Dr. Szostak has been a friend of Grace Church since he performed a solo organ recital in the Bach Festival July 2018 series. We welcome Dr. Szostak back to our Bach Festival today.  To read about Dr. Michal Szostak, click here.


Prelude and Fugue in E minor (The “Great”) – Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697)
Vater Unser im Himmelreich – Georg Böhm (1661-1733)
Suite (Deuxième Ton) – Louis-Nicolas Clerambault (1676-1749)
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BuxWV 180 – Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herr Gott, BuxWV 199 – Buxtehude
Passacaglia and Fugue, BWV 582 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Read about some of the organs featured in this video:

CONCERT #3: Friday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Launch the virtual concert by clicking on the picture to the left or by clicking this link.
Italian Organist Salvatore Pronestì presents “An Italian Concert Organist/Organ Builder from Leipzig to Atlantic City: Improvisations from Both Sides of the Pond,” a concert of organ improvisations on the organs of the Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche in Leipzig, Germany, as well as other organs in Italy and The United States. JS Bach was Organist and Kapellmeister at both the churches in Leipzig in the last 25 years of his life. Mr. Pronestì is a unique organist in that he is not only a Concert Organist, but also a Master Organ Builder. One improvisation will be on one of the organs that he created. Several other videos will be on organs such as the Pantheon in Rome, of which he is the Curator. His program is titled “An Italian Concert Organist/Organ Builder from Leipzig to Atlantic City: Improvisations from Both Sides of the Pond.”  To read more about Salvatore Pronestì, click here.
Visit his website at: http://www.organaria.it (Pro tip – use Chrome as your browser and choose “English translation” if you are not fluent in Italian.)

PROGRAM: An Italian Concert Organist/Organ Builder from Leipzig to Atlantic City: Improvisations from Both Sides of the Pond

Grande Fantasia Concertante Aedes Victoriae (Victoria House) – Tempio della Vittoria, Church of Artists in Reggio Calabria, San Giorgio – Organ built by Balbiani-Michelotto (Padova)     ***

House Orgel I *
Pantheon I – Musical Architectures     ** and ***
Pantheon II – Arcaiche Impressioni     ** and ***
Organ built by Tamburini, crema 1926; Reed stops added in 2013 (Tamburini)

Tu Septiformis munere (Seven Gifts) Toccata of Pentecost – Organ J.C. Werle, 1772-76 –
Chiesa Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi, Roma (Church of Saints Vincent and Anastasius at Trevi, Rome)

Atlantic City – All’organo più grande del mondo 1 (To the largest organ in the world 1),
Organ built by the Midmer-Losh Company
[Spoiler Alert: Video stops just before the final chord – a Pandemic consequence]

Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany
Italian Overture – Bach organ, Gerald Woehl, Organ Builder, 1999-2000
In Dulci Jubilo – Sauer Organ

Nikolaikirche, Leipzig, Germany – Ladegast Organ
Great Improvisation

*    Organ built by Salvatore Pronestì/Bottega Organaria
**   Organs restored by Salvatore Pronestì/Bottega Organaria
***  Organs maintained by Salvatore Pronestì/Bottega Organaria

CONCERT #4: Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Shaughn Dowd and Martha Molinaro, flutes, Erika Sato, violin, Grace Molinaro, cello, and Larry Molinaro, harpsichord, perform trio sonatas by Quantz and J.S. Bach as well as Bach’s sublime Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034, for flute and continuo.



CONCERT #5: Sunday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Austrian Organist, Michael Koenig, performs an all J.S. Bach recital on the St. George’s Hannover Square, London, England, American organ built by Richards, Fowkes, & Co. Works include the Pièce d’Orgue BWV 572, and the Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541. Mr. Koenig has lived in London, England since September 2018 where he completed a second Master’s Degree.  In September 2021 he begins a Doctoral program at Oxford University, Oxford, England. This is Mr. Koenig’s first performance in the Bach Festival at Grace Church.

CONCERT #6: Friday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Soo Young Chrisfield, soprano, Regino Madrid, violin, Fatma Daglar, oboe d’amore, Charlie Powers, cello, and Larry Molinaro, harpsichord, perform movements from Bach cantata, BWV 210. Larry Molinaro will also play Bach organ works on the Grace Church A. David Moore Organ. Ms. Chrisfield, Mr. Madrid, and Mr. Powers have played in numerous Bach Concerts at Grace Church over the years, and we welcome them again. We welcome Ms. Daglar’s first performance in our Festival for this evening.