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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

PROG No. 1606
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1978 Mascioni at Chiesa San Alessandro, Barzio, Italy

Various Variants

……with a good theme, variation sets provide organists and composers an exceptional opportunity to tour the tonal resources of any instrument.

PROG No. 1605
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1966 Aeolian-Skinner-2014 Parkey/Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte

Some Southern Sonorities

……selections from performances recorded during the recent American Guild of Organists Southeast Regional Convention centered in Charlotte, NC.

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A British Excursion

The next PIPEDREAMS Tour (May 16-29, 2016) heads to northern England and Scotland (Liverpool, Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds, Blackburn, Rochdale, York, Hexham, Edinburgh, Glasgow). Interested in joining us? Find out more now!

Meet Michael!

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

January 24-26, 2016
Michael Barone participates in the 2016 Robert and Joyce Jones Midwinter Organ Conference at Baylor University in Waco, TX.

February 13-14, 2016
Michael Barone visits Indiana University in Bloomington for a pair of Pipedreams Live! events featuring organ department students and faculty.

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.

Remembering John Scott

[John Scott]

A tribue to the artisty of English-born organist and choral conductor John Scott, who died unexpectedly at age 59 on August 12, 2015.

Fireworks On Demand!

Relive the 2015 Independence Day Concert at Washington National Cathedral, with Michael Barone as host-commentator by clicking here!

Polish Memories

[Organ Renovation]

Relive the memories! Our travels focused on the central and eastern parts of Poland and embraced a remarkable variety of instruments, including the monumental 96-stop organ at Oliwa Cathedral; the oldest historic instrument in Poland from 1620 at the parish church in Kazimierz Dolny; several late-romantic organs by Schlag und Söhne, with their distinctive 'symphonic' voice; new concert hall installations by Schuke in Warsaw and Klais in Cracow; and Christian Wegscheider's careful restoration of the 1719 Hildebrandt organ at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Paslek.  Click through to our itinerary, and see more pictures on Facebook.

In Memoriam

[Stephen Paulus]

Stephen Paulus

Relive the Aural Fireworks!

If you're still in need of some aural fireworks, Pipedreams host Michael Barone returned as master-of-ceremonies for the annual Independence Day Organ Concert at Washington National Cathedral.  Enjoy the sound of the Cathedral's 10,647-pipe, 189-rank Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner organ heard in a variety of marches and patriotic music. The concert opens with Aaron Copland’s striking Fanfare for the Common Man and the singing of the National Anthem and includes appearances by the Washington Symphonic Brass and United States Navy Sea Chanters. Enjoy the audio and video from the archived 2014 program here as well as excerpts from 2011-2012-2013 July Fourth concerts featured in PIPEDREAMS Program #1426.

Also, if you missed out on the recent Organ Historical Society convention, you can relive one of the major evening concerts, the webcast of Christopher Houlihan's performance on the 1940 Aeolian–Skinner at Cornell's Sage Chapel!

An Amazing Organ Restoration Story:

[Organ Renovation]
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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