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Posted: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:18 PM


Organist Kent Tritle opens the 25th Anniversary Season of N.P. Mander Organ Recitals at Sacred Music in a Sacred Space on the instrument he brought to life.

The recital on Sunday, October 22 at 3 pm at the visually arresting historic Church of St. Ignatius Loyola (980 Park Avenue at 84th Street) features works by J.S. Bach, Marchand, Paulus, Guilmant and others. Tickets are $25; purchase at or call 212-288-2520.

In this 25th Anniversary Season, the N.P. Mander Organ Recital Series reunites the instrument with organists connected to its history, beginning with Kent Tritle on October 22, a tribute to his spearheading role in the birth of the instrument. When Kent Tritle was named Director of Music at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in 1989, he built the now-robust music program from scratch, founding the church’s Sacred Music in a Sacred Space (SMSS) concert series and heading the efforts to design and install the Mander organ.

For 25 years, the mighty N.P Mander organ has been a defining feature of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola; at 30 tons and 45 feet high, its 5,000 pipes, 55,000 parts, four keyboards, and 68 different stops fill the stunning sanctuary with lush, crisp, nuanced, and powerful music that has become a hallmark for parishioners and patrons of SMSS concerts. At a cost of $1.25 million in 1992, its creation by the English organ builder N.P. Mander involved a year of planning and construction in England, and a five-month installation at The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.

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