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ORGANIST ALAN MORRISON TO PERFORM 1OOTH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, BERWYN.

On Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m. Alan Morrison, former organist at First Baptist Church in Philadelphia, will give a 100th Anniversary Concert on the church organ at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Berwyn. One hundred years earlier on Thursday, September 14, 1916 Frederick Maxson, also organist at First Baptist Church, gave a dedicatory recital on the newly installed pipe organ.

Alan Morrison is head of the organ department at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and associate professor of music at Westminster Choir College.  In addition, he is organist at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Mr. Morrison has performed throughout the United States including at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and on the Wanamaker Organ at Macy’s Department Store in Philadelphia. He has also played in Russia and in the United Kingdom. He has made ten recordings.

Mr. Morrison’s program will include works by J. S. Bach, Widor, Mozart and Horatio Parker.  In a reference to the organ’s history, he will perform Liberty Fantasia (Souvenir of Valley Forge) by Frederick Maxon who gave the original recital on the organ.  Maxson wrote this piece for the dedication of the Haskell organ at Valley Forge Memorial Chapel.

Trinity’s organ, a gift from William H. Fritz in memory of his parents, Henry and Mary (Lobb) Fritz, was built by the Haskell Organ Company of Philadelphia. It originally contained nine ranks and 518 pipes. Today after several expansions and rebuilds, the latest in 2012, the instrument contains 25 ranks and 1463 pipes. 

The concert is open to the public. Child care will be provided. A free-will offering will be taken.  The church is located at 640 Berwyn Avenue, Berwyn, Pennsylvania. For information call 610-644-0932 or visit the church’s web site at www.trinityberwyn.com.