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Organ recitals at Rockefeller and Bond

During the academic year, from late September to early June, regular recitals are given on the organs at both Rockefeller and Bond Chapels. Rockefeller’s E.M. Skinner organ is played in recital on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm. Both organs are also played daily in practice and in performance, for all manner of academic and ceremonial events.


Tea & Pipes

Tea & Pipes, a weekly recital on Rockefeller Chapel’s lovely Skinner organ, occurs every Tuesday during the academic year. Our tenth season begins in the autumn quarter on Tuesday September 26. With tea served from 4 pm, the music begins at 4:30 pm.

Come and hear University organist Thomas Weisflog, distinguished guests, and students from the Rockefeller organ studio play a mixture of Baroque, Romantic, and contemporary music on the E.M. Skinner organ. Enjoy the experience of sitting in Rockefeller Chapel and being swept into the vast emotional capacities of the organ’s ranks of pipes: trumpets, gentle voices, sounds matching harp and flute and chimes. Free and open to all. Take a look at some of our highlighted recitals below:

March 6 Liisa Malkamäki, with a presentation on Finnish organ music from 4:15 pm
May 1 Jane Holstein, Olivet Nazarene University
May 15 Stanleigh Jones, 63rd Street Apostolic Church of God

Major quarterly recitals

Major recitals are played at least quarterly, and details of upcoming major recitals can be found on the events page. The organs are also played in conjunction with choirs, solo instrumentalists, and ensembles of various kinds.


Simon Johnson: Organist of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in recital
Friday January 5, 2018 | 8 pm

Simon Johnson plays Edward Elgar’s incomparable Organ Sonata, with music of J.S. Bach and Jean Langlais, on the magnificent E.M. Skinner organ. Tickets $10 at the door, free to students.

Simon Johnson is the organist and assistant director of music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he plays for the daily round of services as well as for events of national and historic importance. Most recently, he has played for worldwide audiences on the occasions of Her Majesty the Queen’s diamond jubilee and her 90th birthday. He performs as soloist and continuo for Britain’s premier orchestras, and regularly plays solo recitals throughout Europe and in the United States. He was also the organist on the Oscar- and Grammy-winning soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel. He was the recipient of the Baker, Harding, and Durrant prizes at the Royal College of Organists, from which he graduated in 2001.

A recital in Rockefeller Chapel’s Brian Gerrish Organ Performance Series


Silent Film: Hamlet
A New Score for the 1921 Hamlet: Music by the Sons of Bach
Sunday February 4 | 7 pm

What if Hamlet were a woman? That is the central premise of this touring music and media project featuring the recently restored 1921 German silent film Hamlet, starring Asta Nielsen, Denmark’s most famous film actress, in the lead role. With master organist Dennis James and harpsichordist Michael Tsalka presenting their new live score, darkly built upon the work of the sons of Johann Sebastian Bach, featuring mezzo soprano Angela Young Smucker. $20 at the door, free to students.