Monday, February 12, 2024

Lenten Friday noon organ recitals at Grace Madison


WHEN: throughout Lent beginning February 16. The recitals begin at 12:15 following brief (5 minute) noonday prayer, and end at 12:45 PM. 
Grace Church is located at 4 Main St. (Rt. 124) in at the corner of Kings Rd. and Route 124.
The concerts are free and open to the public.
For more information call the church at 973-377-0106 or visit The concerts can also be livestreamed or viewed afterwards on their YouTube channel @GraceChurchMadisonNJ.

Grace Community Music at Grace Church Madison presents noontime Friday organ meditations. 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. 

The series opens with Dr, Matlack paying tribute to American organist and prolific composer Charles Callahan (1951-Dec. 25, 2023). On February 23 acclaimed duo organists Brian Harlow and Christopher Jennings present a preview of their Feb. 25 full recital at St. John’s Church, Summit.

Organ Scholar, and Madison High School graduate Henry Marinovic performs March 1, including the premiere of an original work. 

March 8 Anthony Hammond, music director at St. Peter’s Church, Morristown, will perform works by J. S. Bach and Max Reger. 

Anne Matlack returns March 15 with her third annual recital of works by women composers. The series will conclude March 22 with the annual Helen Thomas Memorial concert featuring alto Patricia Ruggles, singing some favorite Bach arias.

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 experience it fifteen minutes of candlelight calm to end your day.

As well as celebrating her 34th 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.