Skip to content Skip to navigation

Virtuoso Organist in Smithfield

Music Preview
by Kevin T. McEneaney
Sun Aug 27th, 2017

Kent Tritle at Smithfield Church

New York Philharmonic organist, Kent Tritle, will offer a recital at The Smithfield Presbyterian Church in Amenia on Route 83, Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm, to benefit the Oratorio Society of New York.  Kent Tritle is an acclaimed choirmaster, Director of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Principal Organist for the American Symphony Orchestra.

This November Tritle will conduct the Oratorio Society of New York in Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with Susanna Phillips and John Chest at Carnegie Hall. Tritle will perform an organ recital at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on October 22. He will give another recital at St. John Divine is in February 2018. World Premieres of Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road with libretto by Mark Campbell, about the Underground Railroad, and Behzad Ranjbaran’s We Are One will be at Carnegie Hall in May 2018. Also in February 2018, Tritle will perform Saint-Saëns’s great “Organ Symphony” with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.

Returning from a major concert held last weekend in Stiftskirche, Kyllburg, Germany, Tritle’s Saturday afternoon classical program for Smithfield will be:

J.S. BACH:  Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543

MENDELSSOHN:  Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 65

GUILMANT:  Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 80

The name Bach in German means Brook. An anonymous poem praising Bach once appeared in a 1733 German newspaper:

                A pleasant brook delights the ear, ‘tis true,

                When rushing past the reeds and past high hills,

                Yet higher must I praise this Brook to you

                Whose hand displays such wondrous skills.

                They say that when Orpheus played upon his lute

                All animals in the forest thronged to him;

                That our Brook does e’en more, none shall dispute;

                Whene’er he plays, our cup fills to the rim.

Tritle will play on the church’s 1893 Johnson & Son tracker organ. When he was in high school, Tritle’s first job was working on the repair of Johnson tracker organs.

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 email: [email protected]