Master organist slated to perform on baroque organ

Leslie Martin

Leslie Martin

PORT TOWNSEND — Master organist Leslie Martin of the American Guild of Organists Peninsula Chapter will perform at United Trinity Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Martin’s free hourlong performance, “Organ Music Through the Centuries,” featuring six compositions circa 1470 to the 20th century, will be presented at the church at 609 Taylor St.

A $10 donation is suggested, with proceeds benefiting the church’s music scholarship program.

Martin will perform on the church’s emulation of a baroque organ built by Gottfried Silberman in 1735, according to a news release.

Silbermann was a friend of Johann Sebastian Bach who influenced the musical design of his instruments. The Silbermann organ is designed to play baroque music (1650-1750) such as that by Bach and many others. The music necessitates the use of several different types of pipes, some of which use reeds. This includes trumpets, oboes and brass.

Pieces Martin will play will include “The Sweet Nightingale” by Buxheimer Orgelbuch, “Balletto del Granduca” by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Praeludium und Fuge, G minor by Dietrich Buxtehude.

Martin is an adjunct professor of organ, harpsichord and piano at Seattle Pacific University.

He also teaches piano in the Suzuki Academy at Music Center of the Northwest and is director of music at Sand Point United Methodist Church in Seattle.

He has played numerous recitals and festivals in Europe, in addition to appearing as a guest conductor, solo organist and organist-harpsichordist with local choirs and orchestras, according to a news release.

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