‘Music At Emmanuel’ Features Acclaimed Organist

POTTSTOWN PA – Organist Dr. Matthew Lewis, who serves as director of music at the Church of the Incarnation in Manhattan NY and who has taught organ to students of the Juilliard School pre-college division since 1993, will be the featured performer Sunday (Feb. 26, 2012) at 4 p.m. in the latest concert to be offered under the Music At Emmanuel program in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 150 N. Hanover St., Pottstown PA. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a post-concert reception.

Matthew Lewis

Lewis’ performance is one of several of the program’s 2011-2012 season, during which the church is presenting”artists that range from our finest regional talent to a pianist from the other side of the world,” Minister of Music Andrew Meade explained. In addition to Lewis, he said, this year’s program features “an exciting young singer, one of America’s oldest musical ensembles, a choir from the renowned Westminster Choir College, and a Ukrainian pianist who was a stand-out at the Moscow Conservatory.”

The concerts are are funded “by the generous support of individuals in our church and community who believe that great music has an essential place in our culture and community,” Meade added.

Lewis maintains an active career as an organist, choral conductor and educator. In addition to his work at the Manhattan church and Julliard, he has been artistic director and conductor of St. George’s Choral Society since 2005, directing its 80-voice chorus in major works of the repertoire.

Like “Pipe Dreams,” the title of Sunday’s performance, he has presented solo organ recitals in the United States, Canada and France, has been a featured artist on WNYC Radio in New York, and has performed the complete organ works of César Franck several times, including at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

Photo from Emmanuel Lutheran Church

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