~ This is a filmed event ~
NEWPORT, RI – The Friends of the Organ Committee of The Zabriskie Memorial Church of St. John the Evangelist, 61 Washington St., is thrilled to announce an immersive performance of Peter and the Pipes, a parody of Sergei Prokofiev’s classic musical tale Peter and the Wolf, brought to life on St. John’s historic 1894 Hook & Hastings Organ, on May 10 at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
In this fun and playful interactive experience, the audience will get to “meet” the fabled creatures of this famous tale, through the sounds of the historic St. John’s Hook & Hastings Organ. The live performance, to be recorded at the event, features the “sublime” silent movie artist Peter Krasinski on organ, narration by Clare Gesualdo Harrington, and artistic design by Peter Berton, with special sponsors Edge Realty and X&O Boutique.
This event is free and open to the public and features two performances of Peter and the Pipes that will be recorded for future promotional use. Registration is required and COVID-19 safety guidelines, including wearing face masks and social distancing, will be followed.
This event raises awareness for St. John’s historic 1894 Hook & Hastings organ, undergoing extensive restoration as part of St. John’s Capital Campaign. A roof leak and lack of funds for work beyond routine maintenance and critical repairs over decades has taken its toll, but with grants of $1.3 million in 2019 to restore the roof and exterior walls, we’ve made progress toward the future and now are raising $550,000 toward chamber repair, pipe cleaning, and mechanical restoration in 2021, in addition to plaster and stone repair in the church. A new blower room in 2018 and a new console in 2020 have paved the way for the solid foundation of the organ restoration to come.
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ABOUT THE CAST
PETER EDWIN KRASINSKI (http://krasinski.org/) is broadly recognized as a motivating consultant for the pipe organ community and as a conductor, organist, and music educator, whose imaginative and energetic performances elevate and inform audiences. Along with regular concert appearances, he specializes in live improvised silent film accompaniment worldwide. He has premiered the art in major venues in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is the recipient of a number of prizes, including the First Prize in Improvisation from the American Guild of Organists National Competition. House Organist of the Providence Performing Arts Center, Mr. Krasinski was past Dean of the Boston Chapter AGO. He is an Organist at First Church of Christ Scientist in Providence, Rhode Island, accompanist at Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, Massachusetts, and recently presented Master Classes at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland. He holds both a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Organ Performance and a Masters of Sacred Music Degree from Boston University.
CLARE GESUALDO HARRINGTON is a true Renaissance woman; a master of the sea, the sky, and all things music. Clare joined the faculty at St. George’s School in 2002 where she chaired the Music Department, was Chapel Organist, and Director of the Chapel Choir, while also instructing in the classroom. Shortly after retiring from St. George’s in 2012, Clare joined the school’s Board of Trustees and chairs the Education Committee. Prior to St. George’s, Clare was Head of The Pingry School in New Jersey from 1980 – 2002. Clare holds a bachelor's degree from Hofstra University in Music Education; a master’s of music degree from Manhattan School of Music; and a doctorate’s degree in Organ Performance where she studied with Fred Swann and Paul Martin-Maki. While an undergraduate, she studied with George Markey at the Guilmant Organ School. Outside of music-making, Clare is very active in the sailing community. She currently is on the Executive Committee and Race Committee of the New York Yacht Club, serves as President of the Edgartown Yacht Club Foundation, and is a Board Member and Academic Committee Chair at the International Yacht Restoration School. Having been the first female race committee chairs for both the New York Yacht Club and Edgartown Yacht Club, Clare is noted as “blazing new trails for women in sailboat racing.” Clare is also passionate about land preservation, piloting, and sport shooting.
PETER STOLTZFUS BERTON is Director of Music of the Zabriskie Memorial Church of St. John the Evangelist, Newport, RI, and Founding Executive Director of The Choir School of Newport County. He holds degrees from The University of Michigan School of Music and the Yale University School of Music. Prior to his appointment in Newport in 2014, he developed intergenerational choirs at St. John’s Church, West Hartford CT, All Saints Church, Worcester MA, and Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, Brooklyn Heights, New York, and was Assistant Organist at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York. He is also active as a composer, digital recording producer, and transcriber of improvisations. His weekly summer recital series Bach and Friends at Quarter Till, featuring the 1894 Hook & Hastings organ at St. John’s, won the 2020 Best of Newport awards, entertaining and educating about the King of Instruments through innovative programming and camera views of interior mechanisms at play during the music.