CONCERTS AND EVENTS
Keith Chapman's “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”
Performed by Paolo Bordingnon, organist
Keith Chapman's “Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella” is performed by Paolo Bordignon on St. Bartholomew’s Church spectacular Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. The instrument is the largest in New York City and one of the largest in the world. Brighten your Boxing Day with this jaunty festive tune!
Paolo has been a regular recitalist on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 1830 Thomas Appleton Organ for many years, including playing a 10-recital residency, a festive fanfare for the opening of the Musical Instruments Galleries in 2018, and many concerts in between and after. Because the instrument is inaccessible this year, the Met's Department of Musical instruments invited a few organists to record on, and say a few words about, their "home" instruments.
Paolo chose to play “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” arranged by Keith Chapman, who was the long-time organist of the Grand Court Organ at Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia - the world's largest fully-operational musical instrument (Fun fact: while an undergraduate, Paolo was on the roster of organists offering twice-daily concerts at Wanamaker's.)
As Organist and Choirmaster of St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York, he directs the choirs, serves as principal organist, and oversees one of the nation’s preeminent church music programs. He did his undergraduate studies at Curtis and earned his Master’s and Doctorate at Juilliard. Bordignon is also harpsichordist for the New York Philharmonic and plays as a solo harpsichordist and chamber musician all over the world.