Arts Alive!

Arts Alive! is the cultural series of Derry Presbyterian Church. Lectures, concerts, programs for children, and other arts offerings are held throughout the year. All programs are open to the public and no tickets or reservations are needed. A free-will offering is taken at most events. Face masks are required indoors at Derry Church.

Grant Wareham, Director of Music Ministry and Organist

4 pm Sunday, October 10: Organ Recital

After more than a year of restoration, the 1950 Aeolian-Skinner Op. 1132 built for the Redeemer Church in New Haven, Connecticut has found new life in the Sanctuary. You’re invited to attend the inaugural organ recital presented by Grant Wareham, Director of Music Ministry and Organist.

The program will highlight all the capabilities of the new-to-Derry Aeolian-Skinner organ, including soaring, pure flute tones of the new Harmonic Flute (1929 E.M. Skinner pipes that were not included in the instrument’s original installation) on Louis Vierne’s “Clair de Lune,” a bubbly prelude and a soaring fugue in Maurice Duruflé’s tribute to his fallen friend, Jehan Alain, in his “Prelude and Fugue on ALAIN,” and the organ used as a full orchestra in an organ transcription of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Overture to Ruy Blas.” The program will conclude with Max Reger’s Chorale Fantasy on “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star.”

Organist Grant Wareham is particularly excited to present the world premiere of “Up to Eleven,” a piece written specifically for this instrument by Derry’s own Dr. Jamie Mosher.

The congregation and community are welcome to attend in person (face masks required) or by live streaming on derrypres.org, YouTube.com/derrypres or Facebook.com/derrypres.

2021-22 upcoming:

4 pm Sunday, October 24: An Afternoon with the Presbybop Quartet
Bill Carter and his quartet last played at Derry Church in 2013 , which means our newest Derry Church members and friends haven’t yet had the opportunity to hear the ensemble’s jazz music that glorifies God, renews the Christian church, and models the integration of faith and the arts. Click to sample their music, then save the date and get ready for an afternoon of music that adds new dimensions to the faith and worship of the Christian church.

4 pm Sunday, November 14: Keystone Brass Quintet

December 2021: Christmas Program TBA

4 pm Sunday, March 13, 2022: Voices of the Valley, Alumni from Lebanon Valley College

4 pm Sunday May 1, 2022: Eun Ae Baik-Kim, piano and Audrey Holmes, violin