Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1913 Welte Wotan of the Sanfilippo Collection
It must be pretty wonderful to have a pipe organ in your living room and still more amazing to own the largest theatre organ in the world. On our next Pipedreams program, we visit the Place de Musique, Jasper and Marion Sanfilippo’s snazzy residence north of Chicago to hear Tom Hazleton play the Mighty Wurlitzer Plus, and explore with curator Robert Ridgeway some of the other marvelous musical machinery for which the Sanfilippos have an obvious fascination. Before radio, surround-sound stereos and video arcades, you could summon your own private concert at the drop of a coin. Hear the photoplayers, music boxes, automatic violinas and orchestrions all restored to better-than-new condition.
Hear a world of music spring to life as we visit a private collection of marvelous mechanical musical instruments: band organs, pianolas, a violano-virtuoso, and a Mighty Wurlitzer. In the company of Tom Hazleton and Robert Ridgeway, ours is a special guided tour like no other of A Home for Music this week on Pipedreams.
FRED FISHER: Chicago. JOHANN STRAUSS II: Pizzicato Polka. VINCENT YOUMANS/GEORGE GERSHWIN: Praise Choruses: It’s ain’t necessarily so; Someone to watch over me; I’ll build a stairway to paradise; Sing Hallelujah!; Our love is here to stay –Tom Hazleton (1927 Wurlitzer/Place de la Musique, Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, IL) recorded October 19, 1997
Von TILZER: Oh, how she could dance (1913 Welte Wotan Orchestrion/Place de la Musique, Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, IL)
In addition to the instruments listed above, you’ll also hear a Philips Pianella Paganini Violin-Piano - Style 3, a Wurlitzer Mandolin PianOrchestra, a Mills Multi-Violino, a Wurlitzer Mandolin Quartet, and a Wurlitzer Photo-Player - Style K. These are just a few of the several hundred player-instruments, phonographs, music boxes, and other intricate and marvelous devices found in Jasper Sanfilippo’s remarkable and comprehensive collection, all made possible by, but not for, peanuts!