On Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, Plymouth Church will open its doors for the 8th annual New York Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Open House. Each year, over 100 sacred sites provide tours to the public for this statewide event, sharing their unique art, architecture and history. This year’s theme is “Sacred Sounds and Settings,” focusing on history, music, and artistic performances in these spaces.
Plymouth will participate in this event by offering guided tours and musical performances on both days. Tours, led by Plymouth’s History Ministry, will highlight the 170-year history of the progressive congregation, its impressive pipe organ, and its role in creating the first hymnal. Musical performances will showcase works by American composers.
WHAT: Free Plymouth Church tours and musical performances for New York Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Open House
WHEN: Saturday, May 5: music at 1:15 PM, guided tours at 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM
Sunday, May 6: music at 1:15 PM, guided tours at 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM
WHERE: Plymouth Church, 57 Orange Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
In addition to covering church history, tours will include an up-close look at Plymouth’s organ – the largest in the country at the time it was installed and one of only a few Aeolian-Skinner organs to have retained its original design.
On both Saturday and Sunday, Plymouth will offer free musical performances at 1:15 PM featuring works by American composers for voice and organ. Soloists will perform songs connected to the theme of “freedom” by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lee Hoiby, John Musto and Ned Rorem.