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Pipe Organ Music

Postby Rick186 » Sun Apr 04, 2004 3:15 pm

Oberlin College in Ohio used to have a weekend long Bach festival, inviting prominent organists from miles around, to play their magnificent pipe organ.

To sit in that auditorium was to melt! I can't describe it. Truly awesome!

Is there such a thing around here?
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Re: Pipe Organ Music

Postby Nicole Marie » Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:29 am

Hi Rick,

An OK place to find an organ concert in CT is with this web site: http://www.organfocus.com/search.php3?keywords=Connecticut

In CT, our best organs are in churches. CT has some of the oldest organs in the country since most date back to the building of the churches they are located in. The St Peters Church in New Britian hosts a organ concert the second Monday of each month and they have larger organ concerts through out the season: http://organisten.de/oberlinger/stpeter/#P

A MUST SEE is the organ at the Cathdral of St Jospeh's in Hartford. That organ is massive and with a cost of over $3 million the sound is out of this world! They host several concerts each year. Here is the season: http://www.cathedralofsaintjoseph.com/music.html

The Hartt School has a program of Study for the Organ. The students in this department are required to perform concerts and the usually use the Hartt School organ or the organ at the Unitarian church on Bloomfield Ave (right next to the Hartt School). You may want to contact the Hartt School Organ program to find out when the concerts are. It's worth it: http://www.hartford.edu/hartt/

Or the CT Valley Theatre Organ Society host several concerts a year: http://theatreorgans.com/cvtos/

Hope that helps!
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Re: Pipe Organ Music

Postby BigJon » Mon Apr 05, 2004 4:10 pm

Originally posted by Rick186:
Oberlin College in Ohio used to have a weekend long Bach festival, inviting prominent organists from miles around, to play their magnificent pipe organ.
He said prominent organists. he . . .he, he. . .he,he,he,he,he,eh

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Re: Pipe Organ Music

Postby OperaTenor » Mon Apr 05, 2004 4:40 pm

Here in Sandy Eggo, we have a wonderful outdoor organ at Balboa Park. Free concerts are given every Sunday afternoon from 2-3pm, and there is a summer evening concert series, usually two months long, every week, where programs are given by guest organists. Additionally, there are holiday and special event concerts, such as silent film nights, where the organ is played as accompaniment to a silent film.

The organ was built in 1915 and donated by John D. Spreckels, as part of the park built for the 1915 World Exposition. It was orginally stipulated that the organ was for the enjoyment of the citizens of San Diego, and all concerts given would be free. There is currently a society for the preservation and promotion of the organ. This is their website.

I feel this is one of San Diego's cultural treasures, and anyone visiting should check it out.

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Re: Pipe Organ Music

Postby piqaboo » Mon Apr 05, 2004 5:28 pm

Look for the guy with the tequila-sunrise colored parrot on his shoulder.
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Re: Pipe Organ Music

Postby barfle » Tue Apr 06, 2004 8:04 am

The Kennedy Center has a pretty impressive pipe organ in it. The only time I've heard it was for the Saint-Saens, but it can blast.

I wondered about those folks up there sitting just in front of the big pipes.

I also recall about 20 years ago there was a brief fad of pipe organs being installed in Pizza joints in Orange County, CA. Too bad it didn't last very long.

And then there's my record collection. It's buried in a box (still no shelves in my "library") but I have an LP by a guy who built a pipe organ in his basement. There's a diagram of the layout on the back of the cover, including the furnace. It seems like his name is Ken Barry, but there may be some synapses shorting out on that bit of information.
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Re: Pipe Organ Music

Postby Rick186 » Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:53 pm

Could it be that the King of Musical Instruments is staging a comeback?
The day after my original post, here in Hartford, our beloved Beethoven Radio played a commercial for the Bushnell having a performance of the Hartford Symphony with glorious Organ performances of Saint Saens on 7 and 8 May.
You can bet your sweet - - - DW and I and another couple are going!!
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Re: Pipe Organ Music

Postby Rick186 » Sun Apr 25, 2004 4:23 pm

Okay, DW and I and another couple have seats in Row U at the Bushnell on Friday May 7th for the Saint-Saens blast.
Anybody else going? If not, you'll be sorry!
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