The Bach at Noon Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of
Johann Sebastian Bach offered in the Church each Tuesday through Friday
from 12:20 to 12:50 during the regular season.
These 30 minute organ meditations are free and open to all.
The 2016 – 2017 Season runs from Tuesday 13 September through Thursday 25 May.
Programs are played on The Bicentennial Organ, Opus 65 built by Taylor and Boody Organbuilders of Staunton, Virginia and completed in September of 2013.
If music be the food of love, play on!
Admission is free, but if you can,
bring a dry good donation to help feed the hungry of our City.
Please note that on occasion programs will not take place due to special liturgical or school observances.
These schedule changes will be announced on the home page of the music area of the website and at the church as appropriate including the music information phone line: 212.254.2000/6
To see daily programs to be played please click here.
To see examples of the diverse programs offered please click here.
BEST OF NYC: THE VILLAGE VOICE
Grace Church was named Best Free Lunchtime Taste of Timeless Magnificence
by The Village Voice Newspaper in their 16 October publication.
“No time for midday yoga or meditation? Tuesday through Friday, you can still seize hold of some inner peace by hustling into Grace Church for Bach at Noon, 30 minutes of Bach organ pieces performed by Patrick Allen, the organist and master of choristers, or organ scholar Phillip Lamb, between 12:20 and 12:50 p.m. Sometimes joyous, sometimes weighty, and sometimes sounding like glittering mathematics fugue-ing before God, these baroque “meditations” are soothing and thrilling at once, the experience a reminder even for unbelievers that there are things grander than us, that can unite us across time.”
Published 16 October 2013
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New York PURE WOW
On September 11, 2001, Grace Church organist Patrick Allen began playing Bach hymns for crowds gathering in the pews. Ever since, his meditative “Bach at Noon” series (Tuesdays through Fridays from 12:20 to 12:50 p.m.) has drawn droves of listeners, from neighborhood regulars to out-of-towners seeking solace in the city. 802 Broadway (between 10th and 11th sts.)
New York Times, August 20, 2010
Music That Rises Above the City’s Roar
In the hours after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Patrick Allen, the organist at Grace Church near Union Square, decided to play for the people gathering in the church’s pews, filling the silence with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach because, as Mr. Allen put it, “it was clear that this music was the medicine and food needed by those coming through the doors.” Nearly nine years later, the Bach at Noon series continues — peaceful, meditative revivals.
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Best (only) reason to go to church – 2006
Bach at Noon
Being raised in a born-again Christian household left a bad taste in my mouth: One Good Friday, when I was 10 years old, my mother forced a heaping tablespoonful of horseradish down my throat, just to make sure I’d never forget how much Christ had suffered for me. There were other “lessons” too. Anyway, once I turned 18 and my sentence ended, I swore I’d never enter another church or have anything to do with religion ever again. But I broke my vow recently: While walking down Broadway, I was drawn into Grace Church by some of the most moving, beautiful organ music I had ever heard. As I sat beneath the mile-high cathedral ceilings, sunlight streaking through the stained-glass windows, I realized that there was a being greater than me, greater than all of us—Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach at Noon organ meditations (every Tuesday through Friday, 12:20 to 12:50 p.m.) allow you to briefly transcend the ugliness of the world and connect with the good—without the distractions of forced ritual and a yammering preacher. They’re also only 30 minutes long, so your ass doesn’t get too sore from the pew, and there isn’t an ounce of horseradish in sight.