RED BANK: TURK ON TOWER HILL

Gordon_Turk_4_x_6_res72dpiHe’s toured across three continents, appeared at Carnegie Hall, and performed live concert broadcasts for NPR, in addition to many other professional accomplishments and accolades. That said, Monmouth County music lovers are instantly familiar with Gordon Turk as artist in residence and “house organist” at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium, where his summertime series of free recitals have introduced generations to that local landmark’s spectacular (11,000 pipes strong) Hope-Jones Organ.

This Sunday evening, November 16, Gordon Turk journeys from The Grove to The Hill — Tower Hill Church, aka First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank — to perform on the church’s pipe organ. The first in a new season of Tower Hill Concert Series events, the 7 pm program finds the virtuoso exploring the possibilities of the 3-manual, 52-rank Reuter instrument via selections both sacred and secular.

The musical events on Tower Hill continue with the annual Concert for Christmas on December 20, featuring the combined gifts of the Tower Hill Choir and chamber orchestra. The series resumes in 2015 with the professional 32-voice ensemble Kinnara (May 17), an Evening of English Handbell ringers (June 7), and the return of the patriotic Liberty Extravaganza with choir and brass band (July 5). There is no charge for admission to the events, and an offering will be taken to offset concert series expenses.