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Organ Recitals


As the largest synagogue organ in the world, Temple Emanu-El’s organ features 9,000 pipes ranging in size from that of a pencil to nearly 35 feet tall. In the spring of 2000, Emanu-El began a 2½-year restoration of the organ that involved the dismantling of the entire instrument so that each component could be evaluated carefully, repaired or remade as needed. The organ also has a new console built of fine woods and onyx. The restoration was completed by Glück New York.

The following programs will be performed on our magnificent organ.
Attendance is free and open to the public.





Sunday, October 6, 2013 • 5 PM • Main Sanctuary




Assistant organist Daniel Beckwith will perform works by Leo Sowerby, Jean-Jules Roger-Ducasse, Johann Sebastian Bach, Percy Whitlock, Camille Saint-Saëns and Louis Vierne.

In addition to performing as an organist, Daniel has conducted in many of the major opera houses throughout North America and Europe. His conducting career began in 1991 with an all-Mozart concert with Virginia’s Norfolk Symphony. For six seasons he served as assistant to James Levine at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and was given his conducting debut with Don Giovanni in 1995 after Mr. Levine observed his conducting of a stage rehearsal.












Sunday, June 1, 2014 • 5 PM • Main Sanctuary


Dr. Andrew Henderson will perform works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Widor and Mulet. He also will play colorful works by past organists of Temple Emanu-El: Will C. Macfarlane (organist from 1898 to 1912) and Gottfried Federlein (organist from 1915 to 1945).

Because the organ console is hidden from view, an image of Andrew will be projected onto a large screen on the bimah. Following the recital, attendees are invited to join Andrew and Organist/Choir Director K. Scott Warren in the choir loft for a brief demonstration of the instrument, followed by a Q&A.

DR. ANDREW HENDERSON was appointed assistant organist at Emanu-El in June 2011 and promoted to associate organist in June 2012. Since 2005, he has been the director of music and the organist at New York’s Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. A native of Canada, he earned degrees in music from Cambridge University and Yale. He earned his doctorate of musical arts from the Juilliard School in 2007.

Listen to Andrew’s previous recital »




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