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Noted Organist Performs at Smithfield Church

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by Kevin T. McEneaney
Tue Sep 13th, 2016

The Smithfield Presbyterian Church in Amenia on Route 83, New York, once again presents New York Philharmonic organist, Kent Tritle, for an afternoon of classical music to benefit the Oratorio Society of New York on Saturday, September 17 at 3:00 pm. Tritle is Principal Organist for The New York Philharmonic and American Symphony Orchestra, Director of The Oratorio Society and Musica Sacra as well as organist  and Director of Music at St. John the Divine Cathedral, a

Mr. Tritle’s program will present a variety of classical and contemporary composers. Here is the program:  

Views from the Oldest House                          Ned Rorem (b.1923)
1.       Sunrise on Sunset Hill
2.       Elms
3.       The Nest in Old North Church
4.       Spires
5.       Rain Over the Quaker Graveyard
6.       Sunday Night
Partita on “Go Gott, du frommer Gott”, BWV767                     J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
                Chorale and 8 Versets
Chorale Preludes                                                                                 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
                O Welt, ich muss dich lassen
                Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564                      J.S. Bach

Tritle is noted for his lightning finger dexterity, unerring sense of rhythm, and encyclopedic repertoire on the keyboard. He will play the church’s 1893 Johnson tracker organ.

Admission is a suggested $20 at the door.  All proceeds will go to the Oratorio Society. A wine and cheese reception will follow.  Mr. Tritle will attend the reception and mingle. Visit the church’s website at

 For more information call:  718-473-4623 or