First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo will host an organ recital at the conclusion of the 18th Annual Garden Walk on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Resident organist, Dr. David Bond, will perform musical selections by Bach, Vierne, and others on the renowned Noehren organ. The thirty minute concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. A free will offering to benefit historic preservation of the church’s architecturally significant building will be collected.
The church’s Noehren Organ was installed in 1970. Designed by Buffalo native, Robert Noehren, the instrument consists of 69 registers, 75 ranks, and 3,600 pipes. It is the sanctuary’s third organ. An innovative instrument at the time, it was the last one Noehren built, and the largest.
Dr. David Bond has been Organist and Choirmaster at First Presbyterian Church for 27 years. A graduate of the University of Michigan, and member of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Bond is a sought-after musician in the Buffalo area, and beyond.
First Presbyterian Church is the oldest congregation in the City of Buffalo, and is currently celebrating its bicentennial. It is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Presbytery of Western New York. The congregation consists of approximately 300 members. The church’s architecturally significant building on Symphony Circle features Tiffany-designed stained glass windows, two impressive pipe organs, and a 168-foot tall tower which stands as a beacon of hope on the west side of the city.