Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
February 10, 2017, Friday:
We’re not certain, but Michael Barone may show up at the new concert hall in the Voxman Music Building of the University of Iowa in Iowa City for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Kevin Bowyer inaugurate the new Klais organ (in German Romantic style). The day features the 8-hour-long Second Symphony by British composer Kaikhosru Sorabji (1892-1988). Music starts at noon. Party afterwards!
March 18, 2017, Saturday:
Enjoy five hour-long morning and afternoon performances of works by J.S.B. played some a variety of local soloists on five different instruments in the Twin Cities. Join us for the entire day, or drop in as your schedule allows, for the annual Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, with Michael Barone as host. Details TBA.
March 29, 2017, Wednesday at 8PM
Michael Barone will host and interview the artists during intermission of a Kimmel Center Organ Series program at Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall. Organist Jeffrey Brillhart teams up with the all-woman Norwegian brass ensemble tenThing (pronounced ten ting), headed by trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth. Enjoy the sounds of massed brasses and the 88-stop Dobson-built Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ!
May 20, 2017, Saturday at 2PM
Special guest Norman Mackenzie showcases the mighty 88-stop Dobson pipe organ at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and responds to an interview with Michael Barone during the concert’s intermission. A former Curtis Institute grad and one of the last students of famous Philadelphia organist-composer Robert Elmore , Mackenzie also has been featured numerous times on Barone’s PIPEDREAMS show.
June 10, 2017, Saturday beginning at 11AM
Michael Barone is delighted to return as one of the ring-leaders for the family-friendly, day-long celebration of the 88-stop Dobson pipe organ at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the 7th Annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day. Be entertained by organ soloists (young and young-at-heart), instrumental and vocal ensembles, even a silent film comedy. And it’s all free!
August 5-11, 2017
Hear an astonishing array of pipe organs…ranging from 5 to 108 ranks, built between 1845 and 2013…in Central Minnesota, Duluth, and nearby Wisconsin, during the Organ Historical Society’s 2017 National Convention. Michael Barone (co-chair) and his colleagues have organized a wonderful adventure for you. Come for the entire week or sample just a day or two. Register now!