Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
September 28-30, 2014, Monday at 9:30 a.m.:
As part of the 54th Annual Conference on Organ Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (September 28-30), Michael Barone presents an hour-long Monday morning workshop session titled "So Little Time, So Much Music", a whirlwind CD-amplified and verbally annotated sampler of some interesting and undeservedly neglected repertoire/performers.
October 16-19, 2014:
Always curious about new talent, Michael Barone will observe the final days of the Canadian International Organ Competition in Montreal, one of the world's best tests of young performers. The Competition actually begins October 7, includes three major rounds of eliminations, plus many other events and concerts through the course of thirteen days…plenty to enjoy!
November 9-14, 2014:
Lorenz Maycher's annual East Texas Pipe Organ Festival has proven itself sufficiently attractive that Michael Barone will travel with recording equipment to document the numerous instruments voiced by Roy Perry…in Kilgore, Longview, Palestine, Tyler, Shreveport and Dallas. Your assist in lugging equipment cases will be welcome. :-)
November 23, 2014, Sunday at 7:30 p.m.:
Join host Michael Barone for the 10th Anniversary Birthday Party for the Walt Disney Concert Hall pipe organ in Los Angeles. With tonal design by Manuel Rosales, and mechanical design and construction by the German firm of Glatter-Götz, this organ has earned a special notoriety for its visual design by the hall's architect, Frank Gehry, engendering several nicknames, among them Hurricane Mama! You'll get all shook up during performances by a star-studded roster of soloists including Frederick Swann, Ken Cowan, Cherry Rhodes, Christoph Bull, Chelsea Chen, Aaron David Miller, Carol Williams and Cameron Carpenter. We hope you can come!
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.