Four churches within the Cathedral Square Neighborhood in Syracuse will open their doors to showcase their places of worship and the organs that play within them.
The Plymouth Congregational Church, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, St. Paul’s Syracuse Downtown Episcopal Church, and Park Central Presbyterian Church will all be part of this year’s event.
Onondaga County Historical Association Executive Director, Gregg Tripoli said that part of the appeal to have a crawl like this is because people often don’t visit other churches, but instead worship and spend their time where they feel most at home. Having an event like this, affords many the opportunity to see what’s inside each historic venue and to enjoy some beautiful music too.
Alan Lynch, Interim Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, says the organ has been a church instrument people normally don’t hear outside of churches. But the instrument can be fun to play and fun to hear too. “There is a lot of fun music that was written for the organ that you don’t typically hear on a normal Sunday and that you’ll hear during the Organ Crawl,” Lynch said.
The Organ Crawl will begin at the Plymouth Congregational Church at 1:30 pm. Each organist will play for approximately 25 minutes and listeners will be lead to the next stop. The crawl will conclude with a reception at the Park Central Presbyterian Church Parish House following the last performance that will begin around 4:00 pm.
For more information about this years Organ Crawl and to buy your tickets, visit CNY History- Organ Crawl