Concert to welcome new church organ to Ti

TICONDEROGA - There's only one way to celebrate the arrival of a new organ - with a concert.

The First United Methodist Church of Ticonderoga will do just that, hosting a performance by professional musician and conductor Sal Scecchitano Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m.

"The new organ, a Rodgers Allegiant, was installed earlier this year to the delight of Director of Music Grace Trombley and the congregation," said Betty Rettig of the church. "Grace has been the church organist and choir director at First United Methodist Church for over 30 years following former organist Art Potter.

"All are welcome to the evening concert featuring Sal Scecchitano," she said. "There is no admission fee, but a free-will donation will be accepted. A reception will follow the program."

Scecchitano has more than 40 years of church music experience. He graduated from The Juilliard School with an undergraduate degree in organ and a master's degree in conducting. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1981 as music director and principal conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of New York.

Scecchitano has also been a guest conductor with the St. Louis Philharmonic and resident conductor of The Juilliard Ballet.

Scecchitano is currently the chief musician and director of audio-visual for the Brunswick Presbyterian Church in Troy.

He lives in Brunswick with his wife, Deborah, and their 10-year-old twin daughters.

The program will include pieces by Bach and Brahms as well as arrangements by Lani Smith, Virgil Fox and Marilyn Arison. Some of the selections will be by composers John Dunstable, Jehan Alain and Cesar Franck.

The First United Methodist Church is located at 1045 Wicker St. in Ticonderoga, next to the hospital.

Call the church office at 585-7995 for more information.

The church holds services each Sunday, year round, at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Scott Tyler officiating. Child care is available during the 10:30 service and Sunday school for children will resume in September.

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