At Bay Shore Community Church in Long Beach, California, they’re having a real dedication. “Resident Organist Robert York [photo above] and Polish artist Jacek Hagel will present an organ concert featuring a towering 8’ by 14’ painting inspired by composer Messiaen’s organ work “Apparition of the Eternal Church.” Prior to its premier unveiling, the audience will be treated to a film of the painting created to tell its story and synchronize with the organ score.”
“Got the notice from PayPal just a few minutes ago. You provide a great service and have resurrected some very good music. Many thanks.” —Illinois, USA
I wish I were closer to Atlantic City, so I could attend this. “As the kickoff to the Garden State Film Festival, which makes its Atlantic City debut April 3-6, a screening of the silent film The Black Pirate, accompanied by live organ music performed by Dr. Steven Ball, will takes place at Boardwalk Hall as a benefit for the Historic Organ Restoration Committee.”
If you go, please write about your experience.
This video might draw some young people into being interested in the organ. It might. Personally, I’m not sure. What do you think?
If you make it through the video, check Patrick Hull’s other videos for a comparison.
This is a pleasant video and article with two organists from traditional churches in Duluth, Georgia. I heard nothing jarring or unexpected, just good professional attitudes about our noble profession. It’s the kind of article that nobody shares — so make a statement and share it!
“The organ itself has so many capacities of different sound, it’s almost as if conducting an orchestra from your organ pit right there,” the Duluth resident said. “When you have all those pipes going at one time, it’s really powerful.”
Frank’s music was generally tuneful and approachable. The one below reminds me a some of the music by Gordon Balch Nevin, whose philosophy was to use the fewest notes to convey the music. Frank’s website still offers the “Newfoundland Sketch”:
NewfoundlandSketch.pdf and you can hear it at: NewfoundlandSketch.mp3
This and much more may be found on his website, eddingsmusic.com.
You can hear Frank play in the video below from last December.
Many of us me came to know Frank through his postings on piporg-l. Richard Elliott wrote, “Frank loved following the discussions on piporg-l and enjoyed his associations with many of you. Thanks for being a friend to this gentle soul. He will be missed.” On February 26, Frank made his last post on piporg-l, the list he loved to read and post on.
To my friends on PipeOrganList:
As a long time recipient, I’m grateful to have been able to read and learn from the informative and thought provoking postings over the years.
This message is about my last two organ pieces recently completed. Hopefully they may be useful especially to students and associates and may be worth considering as they will finalize my organ and piano publications website of the last 17 years. It will remain open.
If you love history and a story that includes organs, then Jim McKee at the Lincoln Journal Star has one for you!
As the amazing Trans Mississippi Exposition planning began in Omaha, Kimball was hired to be the so-called World’s Fair’s music director, for which Kimball designed a purpose-built pipe organ to be housed in the 1,100-seat auditorium near the southeast corner of the Omaha fairgrounds. The “fine three manual” organ built by M.P. Möller of Hagerstown, Md., had four divisions, 34 stops, 40 registers, 39 ranks and 2,255 pipes. Harrison Wild of Chicago opened the initial concert in 1898. Sadly, Omaha music teachers and companies felt Kimball was an outsider and simply using his position only to promote his Lincoln school of music. So much pressure was brought to bear on the fair’s directors that only six weeks into the fair, Kimball’s contract was canceled and Omahan Thomas Kelly took over.
Start reading his story and try to stop reading; I dare you!
Read about this exciting news at Llandaff! “With 4,870 pipes ranging in height from 26ft (7.9m) to the size of a pencil, it is the largest pipe organ built in the UK for more than 40 years. The St David’s Day concert by Huw Tregelles Williams included music by JS Bach and Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.”
“An appeal to fund the £1.5m organ was launched after a lightning strike in 2007 finished off its predecessor. The Church in Wales said the organ was the largest commissioned for a British cathedral since 1962 when one was built for Coventry Cathedral.”
“Internationally renowned organist and composer Hans Uwe Hielscher will be treating music fans to a rare treat this weekend when he visits Kaikoura. Hans will be performing at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, which itself is renowned in musical circles for its beautiful and recently restored organ. The recital will be at 2pm this Sunday, March 9.”
You may not be in New Zealand to hear him, but you may know the name Hielscher from his other activities, notably as the author of published books on Alexandre Guilmant — Life and Work, and Famous Organs in the U.S.A.
There’s a lot to this removal. You see the time-lapse video of the removal of a large and unusually-placed organ. Get a drink, get comfortable, watch, and learn a little of what went on to get the organ out of the building.