First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo will host an organ recital at the conclusion of the 19th Annual Garden Walk on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. 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.
Garden Walk Buffalo is a free, self-guided tour of more than 380 Buffalo gardens, and is the largest garden tour in the United States. Held annually on the last weekend of July, in 2013 it will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo will participate in the Garden Walk and be open for tours. Visitors are welcome to attend the Sunday worship service at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel.
Dr. David Bond has been Organist and Choirmaster at First Presbyterian Church for 28 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.
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.
First Presbyterian Church is the oldest congregation in the City of Buffalo, founded in 1812. 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.