Organ Recital: Benjamin Sheen

Sunday, May 14, 2017
The Fifth Sunday Of Easter
5:15 PM


Robert Schumann Recital 1: Canons and Sketches for pedal-piano.

The Saint Thomas Organ Recital Series is free and open to the public. Usually starting very close to 5:15pm, it follows the 4pm service on most Sundays from September through May. The use of cameras and recording devices is strictly prohibited during the performance.

Today’s recital is by Benjamin Sheen of New York City, NY. Benjamin is Associate Organist at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. He will play the following program on the Loening-Hancock Organ:

Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Op. 37, no. 3
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

from Six Studies in Canonical Form for pedal-piano, Op. 56
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

  • I. Nicht zu schnell (C major)
  • II. Mit innigem Austruck (A minor)
  • V. Nicht zu schnell (B minor)

Fantasia in F minor, K. 594
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Four Sketches for pedal-piano, Op. 58
Robert Schumann

  • I. Nicht schnell und sehr markiert (C minor)
  • II. Nicht schnell und sehr markiert (C major)
  • III. Lebhaft (F minor)
  • IV. Allegretto (D flat major)

Toccata in F, BWV 540
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Dear supporters of the Organ Recital Series,

In planning next year’s set of Sunday Evening recitals, we have been considering a change of time for the weekly organ recital from post-Evensong at 5.15pm to pre-Evensong at 3.15pm.
This would function as an extended 40 minute prelude to Evensong by both guest recitalists and the resident organists, just as happens now.

The reason for the change would be to encourage more people to attend both the recital and Evensong on a Sunday after a lunch break and also to not clash with the recital series at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine which is also at 5.15pm.

We would welcome your feedback on this matter, if you feel strongly that either this is an exciting idea and more practical or if you have reason to believe that the recital series should remain at the existing time of 5.15pm. We hope to make a decision in the next couple of months about next season’s recitals.

Please email your thoughts to our dedicated email address for this matter:

[email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you.

With all best wishes,

The Organists of Saint Thomas Church