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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Michael’s Appearances!

It’s going to be a busy summer for our amiable PIPEDREAMS host, who tries to be ‘everywhere at once’ during late June and early July.  If you see him, say hello!


June 28-July 3, 2015:  
Share in the history of the pipe organ in America during the 2015 National Convention of the Organ Historical Society, exploring various venues in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts.  As an OHS past-president and former board member, Michael Barone is enthusiastic about both the OHS mission and the genial camaraderie of OHS gatherings.  Michael Barone hopes to see you early in the week, beginning with Christopher Houlihan’s concert at St. Michael’s Cathedral on Sunday night (also Michael’s birthday, by happy coincidence)!

July 1-4, 2015:
Among the many nationwide gatherings scheduled this summer, the American Guild of Organists Southeast Regional Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, features a star-studded cast of performers (including internationally-acclaimed artists Olivier Latry from Paris and Stephen Tharp from New York City), and our  'PIPEDREAMS Man’ Michael Barone serves as convention ‘host’.  

July 4, 2015:
It will be a quick dash from North Carolina to the District of Columbia, but Michael Barone looks forward to meeting ‘old friends’ and sharing great music in a great space during his fifth appearance as host-commentator for the annual Independence Day Concert  at Washington National Cathedral.  Organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley and their special guests really know how to ‘pull out all the stops’ and make the Cathedral’s legendary Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner organ sound magnificent!

July 2-6, 2015:

Adding to the plethora of riches, the 2015 American Theatre OrganSociety National Convention is centered in Philadelphia this year, with visits to Dickinson High School, Longwood Gardens, the Wanamaker Organ at Macy’s and the Atlantic City Convention Hall.  Though unfortunately Michael Barone cannot attend the entire convention, he looks forward to catching up on the final day’s visits to hear Hector Olivera and Steven Ball in action!


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.