St Paul of the Cross Gives New Home to 1928 Casavant

Preparing for New, ‘Brilliant’ Sounds with 1928 Organ

It’s good to see that an American Catholic church is getting this 1928 Casavant with gold pipes (above), but I’m curious as to the organ that St Paul’s is replacing which will be dismantled. If you have details, it might be interesting to hear about it.

Under a tall, cathedral-style ceiling, the sounds of a pipe organ have long been a fitting backdrop to St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church. But starting in November, parishioners will need to adjust to new — albeit temporary — sound as work begins to dismantle the Park Ridge church’s organ and massive pipe system in preparation for the arrival of a new instrument.

According to Music Director Ed Eicker and Associate Music Director Andrea Bartolomeo, St. Paul will be welcoming a restored 1928 Casavant pipe organ that was rescued from a shuttered church in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.

The “shuttered” church made an offer that St Paul’s couldn’t refuse.

Offered to St. Paul at no charge as long as the church covered the cost of moving it, the new organ will have 1,952 gold pipes and produce a sound that parishioners have been unable to appreciate with the current organ, the music directors say.

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