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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

2000 Austin at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China
2000 Austin organ at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China

Out in the Hall

If you naturally think of the pipe organ as a church instrument, think again. This week, we celebrate three organ installations from concert Halls in China, Australia and England. Carol Williams shows off the Connecticut-built Austin organ in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Thomas Heywood gives us the before-and-after treatment at Melbourne Town Hall, where the 1929 Hill organ was expanded and modernized by the Schantz Company of Ohio, and at the new concert hall in Birhmigham, England, Thomas Trotter pulls out all the stops.

Click and listen to concert music for concert instruments. This week, we’re not in a church but Out in the Hall.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • April 07, 2003

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

EDWIN H. LEMARE: Toccata di Concerto, Opus 59 –Thomas Heywood (1929 Hall, Norman & Beard; 2000 Schantz/Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia) Move Digital 3120

GIOACCHINO ROSSINI (arranged by Edwin H. Lemare): William Tell Overture –Thomas Heywood (1929 Hall, Norman & Beard; 2000 Schantz/Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia) Pro Organo CD 7141

MARCO ENRICO BOSSI: Etude Symphonique, Opus 78. J.S. BACH (arranged by Archer): Air, from Suite Number 3 in D. GAVIN STEVENS: Toccata. RICHARD PURVIS: Prelude on Greensleeves. JERRY HERMAN (arranged by Williams): Hello Dolly Medley –Carol Williams (2000 Austin/Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China) Melcot Music CD-015

MORTON GOULD: Pavane. MICHAEL NYMAN: Fourths, Mostly, premiere. RICHARD WAGNER (arranged by Edwin H. Lemare): Rienzi Overture –Thomas Trotter (2001 Klais/Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England, UK) Symphony Hall CD-1

 

Increasingly it can be said that no respectable concert facility is complete without the presence of an authentic pipe organ.