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Potsdam’s Trinity Church on Fall Island celebrating new windows with special service

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POTSDAM - In the past few years Trinity Church on Fall Island has undergone a series of renovations, including a new copper roof and a new addition to the parish hall complex that includes new classrooms, a handicapped access lift and new bathrooms.

This summerTrinity reinstalled one of its Tiffany stained glass windows, after it was disassembled, cleaned and releaded by the WilletHauser company in Minnesota. This repair was necessary, in part, because the stonework on which the window rested had suffered severe damage. Trinity hired stone-masons to cut new sandstone blocks and rebuild that portion of the exterior wall.

To mark the completion of this project, Trinity will hold a special service at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 15 that will focus on the church’s Tiffany windows. The service will feature a premier performance of a choral piece, “Seven Windows,” composed by Bryan Burkett. Mr. Burkett is a recognized composer who taught at the Crane School of Music before moving to North Carolina several years ago.

His piece consists of a series of seven anthems based on the biblical texts depicted in the church’s windows. These passages will be read aloud as part of the service on Sept. 15, and the sermon will weave these themes together, as the widow’s visual luminosity joins with music and scripture to give expression to the Christian faith.

Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848-1933, remains the universally acknowledged master of a complex style of layered and blended stained glass that sought to capture“the essential qualities of flickering light.”

The glass in Trinity’s windows is typical of Tiffany’s “opalescent” style in which varying colors within the glass blend into one another.

The Tiffany Studios in Corona, Long Island, created Trinity’s seven windows from 1893 to 1927, a span of 34 years the reflects the bulk of Tiffany’s public career.

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