Friday, March 11, 2022

Friday organ recitals during Lent at Grace Madison

Grace Community Music presents 

Noontime Organ Meditations 

WHEN: every Friday throughout Lent, beginning March 18, and running through April 8. The recitals begin at 12:15 PM, following brief (5 minute) noonday prayer, and end at 12:45 PM.
Grace Church is located at 4 Main St. (Rt. 124) at the corner of Kings Rd. and Route 124., Madison
ADMISSION: The concerts are free and open to the public. 
For more information call the church at 973-377-0106 or visit

The organ console and pedals will be projected onto the wall for better audience viewing.

Dr. Anne Matlack is organist/choir director at Grace, where Friday Lenten Organ Recitals have been a Madison tradition since the 1950s, founded by her predecessor, Helen E.J. Thomas. 

  • On March 18 Dr. Matlack will play a program celebrating women composers including Nadia Boulanger, Florence Price, Jeanne Demessieux, Undine Smith Moore, and more. 
  • March 25 will be our annual Helen E.J.Thomas Memorial Concert, presented by Patricia Ruggles & Anne Matlack, organ, Magnificats and more in honor of Annunciation Day. 
  • On April 1 Madison High School graduate and Grace Church’s organ intern Henry Marinovic will present a recital featuring the music of Bach, Brahms, Rutter and more. 
  • Matlack and Marinovic will team up with a program of organ four hands and four feet on April 8 to round out the series.
The Grace choir also sings a candlelit Chanted Compline after choir practice Thursdays in Lent, 8:30-8:45 p.m. to which the community is welcome. Come by sometime and experience it! Fifteen minutes of candlelight calm to end your day.

As well as celebrating her 32nd year as music director at Grace Church, Dr. Matlack is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Harmonium Choral Society. She studied organ with Charles Krigbaum at Yale and David Mulbury at The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.