Posts Tagged ‘The Hope Jones organ in the Great Auditorium of Ocean Grove NJ’

Photograph by Rob Bredin.  December, 2019. ©  Click to enlarge.

“Afternoon By The Auditorium” by Jack Bredin

This is the second painting by Jack Bredin of the Great Auditorium that was inspired by a Paul Goldfinger video with music by organist Gordon Turk.

One of the great treats of summer living in Ocean Grove is when one is walking or biking through Auditorium Square Park, or even sitting on the porch of a tent, while Gordon Turk practices on the Hope-Jones organ in the late afternoon before one of his early evening recitals.

For those of you who are very observant, you will see a familiar photographer in the foreground.  Jack likes to include quirky locals in his paintings.

GORDON TURK:   “Suite Gothique, Op. 25: ll. Menuet.”  From  Turk’s Organ Recital album.  Recorded in the Great Auditorium of Ocean Grove, N.J.

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Ronald Naldi, Metropolitan Opera star performs in the Great Auditorium 9/4/17. Jean Bredin portrait. © Blogfinger staff.

On Labor Day night, September 4, in the Great Auditorium of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, Gordon Turk hosted a Holiday Encore concert which was excellent.

In addition to Gordon on the Hope Jones organ, there was the famous tenor Ronald Naldi,  and the wonderful pianist Hugh Sung.

Sitting down front was Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff, who had brought her camera. This is what she said:

“Tonight’s concert was a lovely ending to a beautiful day.  Ronald Naldi, accompanied by Gordon Turk, did not disappoint, especially when he sang O Sole Mio.”

Below is a recording of Ronald Naldi  performing this song “O Sole Mio”

Hugh Sung  (piano) played a duet with Gordon Turk on organ of Claude Debussy’s  “Petite Suite,” and it was wonderful.

Meanwhile, Eileen Goldfinger took out her iPhone and captured Gordon Turk as he played the opening piece: “Coronation March” by Giacomo Meyerbeer.

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