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Restoration Concert

Posted on 29 June 2014

The Old Whalers’ Church in Sag Harbor is celebrating the completion of the mural restoration with a concert on Sunday, June 29, at 5 p.m.

Planned by the Reverend Mark Phillips, church music director Dominick Abbate and bell choir director David Cummings, the program will include the best of American music with Broadway hits, love songs, Disney favorites and more.

The Old Whalers’ voice choir will perform with guest choristers and its bell choir and soloists Michael Bodnyk and Susan Vinski.

Mr. Bodnyk, who performed at the 2012 holiday concert at the church, is a tenor who is a section leader of the Cathedral Choir at St. Patrick’s in Manhattan. Ms. Vinski has sung at the church several times and is the lead singer of the band, Suzy on the Rocks, as well as a frequent soloist with the Choral Society of the Hamptons.

The concert will be followed by hot dogs and ice cream. There is no admission but donations will be accepted for the building fund.

The church, which is located on Union Street, is celebrating the restoration of the trompe l’oeil apse mural. Originally painted in 1843 as part of the church’s original design, the mural was painted over and later inaccurately “restored” in the early 20th century. This re-creation is based off of the architect Minard Lefever’s original design through old photographs, sampling and analysis of the wall.

For more information, call (631) 725-0884 or visit

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One Response to “Restoration Concert”

  1. Pat Curven May says:

    How wonderful. I grew up in Sag Harbor; went to this church; I sang in the choir when I was a teenager and then married there January 20, 1946. God Bless!

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