K. Scott Warren at St. Ignatius Loyola

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Half the pleasure of this concert was the 45-foot high Mander organ, the largest of its type in New York City, with 5,000 pipes. The sound reverberates through your bones. The other half was organist Scott Warren, who delivers a running commentary worthy of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People Concerts. A young-ish Texan transplant, Warren makes the program clear and incorporates musical insights with (sometimes irreverent) anecdotes. Warren is a one-man ecumenical movement, as the organist and Choir Master at Temple Emanu-El, in addition to his duties at St. Ignatius, plus appearances with the New York Philharmonic and other major orchestras. This concert was part of the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series – four more concerts coming, but check if Warren is performing. Tickets on-line at 20 bucks.

Ken Roman

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