In celebration of the New Year, over 1,000 people from all walks of life are expected to fill the halls of historic Riverside Church for its New Year’s Eve ……Watch Night Service of music and worship, as an alternative to the traditional Times Square activities.
Riverside Church Carillonneur Dionisio Lind, will begin the celebration with a recital on one of the most famous carillons in the world—the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon. The carillon’s centerpiece, the Bourdon Bell—weighing 20 tons—is the world’s largest and heaviest tuned bell ever cast. Its smallest bell weighs ten pounds. Featuring 74 bells in total, in terms of physical size and weight (over 100 tons), the Riverside carillon has never been surpassed.
The evening will continue with an organ recital featuring Riverside Church Director of Music and Organist Christopher Johnson, on the Church’s 206-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, the second largest instrument in New York City, with over 12,000 pipes. The Festival Service of Worship will follow.
The Riverside Church, an Inter-Denominational Church, 490 Riverside Drive (between 120th & 122nd Streets)
Saturday, December 31
Recital on the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon – 10:00 p.m.
Organ recital – 10:30 p.m. Festival Service of Worship – 11:00 p.m.
For more information, call (212) 870-6784 or http://www.theriversidechurchny.org.