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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

PROG No. 1738
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Downtown United Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY

Winning the Prize

…revisiting laureates of the American Guild of Organists National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance, and other contests.

PROG No. 1737
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Royal Albert Hall

From Royal Albert Hall

…a BBC Proms concert focusing on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with newly commissioned scores and traditional repertoire, too.

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France on Facebook

Not able to attend our 2017 Tour to France? Follow our 2017 Tour Page to get up to the minute photos and details as we journey through France May 23 – June 4th!

An Australian Adventure!

Join us as we travel to Australia (October 31-November 13, 2017)...specifically to Melbourne and Sydney. Click here for more information about this special Pipedreams 35th Anniversary Tour hosted by Michael Barone. Get the news first when you sign up for our newsletter!

Meet Michael!

Michael Barone makes personal appearances here and there, and would love to greet you at one of these upcoming events:

May 20, 2017
Michael hosts another Kimmel Center Organ Series concert, featuring Atlanta virtuoso Norman Mackenzie in a solo performance on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

June 10, 2017
Join Michael Barone and an amiable crew of local soloists and ensembles for the day-long 7th Annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia…with fun for the entire family!

August 5-11, 2017
Join with Michael Barone (co-chair) and friends for the Organ Historical Society’s 2017 National Convention in Minnesota!

You can 'meet Michael' in places that few have a chance to visit, inside the marvelous, magnificent and monumental Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy's Philadelphia Department Store…via a superb behind-the-scenes visit with Wanamaker Organ curator Curt Mangel, via a detailed DVD that reveals much about this incredible music-making masterpiece.

An Amazing Organ Restoration Story:

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On many occasions, PIPEDREAMS broadcasts have featured compact discs from the catalog of JAV Recordings. The inspiration for that catalog, and the devotion of its manager, was initiated years ago by the sound of a modest church organ in Brooklyn, an instrument that had been silent for more than a decade, but now lives again! The organ at Our Lady of Refuge Church is quite extraordinary, and its restoration revealed a surprisingly versatile instrument which, despite its modest specification, has been proven capable of playing a wide variety of music in an authoritative and compelling way. Check out a New York Times article about its restoration, enjoy the Brooklyn Daily newspaper coverage of its rededication, and listen to the organ put to the test by Olivier Latry as Father Michael Perry exhorts it to fulfill its destiny below, and follow the history of the project.



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Bach n’ All...

Downloads are available of the complete Bach organ works played on historic instruments by James Kibbie of the University of Michigan.

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National broadcasts of Pipedreams are made possible with funding from Mr. and Mrs. Wesley C. Dudley, MAHADH Fund of HRK Foundation, by the contributions of listeners to American Public Media stations, and by the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, APOBA, representing designers and creators of fine instruments heard throughout the country, on the Web, and toll-free at 800-473-5270.


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