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Summer Music Series Feature Both Tradition and New Directions

Gordon Turk is marking his 50th season as resident organist with Ocean Grove's Great Auditorium
Gordon Turk is marking his 50th season as resident organist with Ocean Grove's Great Auditorium

A Tempo this Saturday (7/8 at 7 pm) looks at just two of the summer musical programs around New Jersey this year - Ocean Grove resident organist Gordon Turk's 50th season with the Great Auditorium, and a brand new opera series at Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor.

The summer classical music seasons is in full swing, and A Tempo this week looks at both a brand new series and a 50-year veteran of summer music programs. Kelsey Theatre, which like WWFM is a part of Mercer County Community College, is featuring its first-ever Opera Series. It kicked off this weekend with performances of Verdi's La Traviata and Puccini's Madama Butterfly presented by the relatively young New Jersey Lyric Opera. Next month it will feature two performances of a double bill of Puccini's Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica, staged by another new company - Operallora. Host Rachel Katz will speak with Kelsey Manager and Artistic Director M. Kitty Getlik, New Jersey Lyric Opera Artistic Director John Calkins, and Operallora Artistic Director Amanda Santos.

The program also features a conversation with Gordon Turk, who is celebrating his 50th season as resident organist at The Great Auditorium of Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. During his tenure he has launched several summer series, including those for organ recitals and chamber concerts, and he'll talk about his experience, the allure of the organ, and this year's season.

Rachel Katz is the host of A Tempo which airs Saturdays at 7 pm.