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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1985 Reuter organ at Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, Colorado][decorative stamp]
1985 Reuter organ at Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, Colorado

[Wurlitzer organ at Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, Arizona][decorative stamp]
Wurlitzer organ at Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, Arizona

[1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard organ at the Cathedral, Gloucester, England, UK][decorative stamp]
1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard organ at the Cathedral, Gloucester, England, UK

It’s a Disney World

A treat for the whole family, this week’s broadcast features organ arrangements of famous classical works and original compositions used in Fantasia and other Walt Disney films.

Audio Complete Show

Audio 9935 Part 1 46:35 Min

Audio 9935 Part 2 41:26 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

•August 30, 1999 as Show #9935

•June 21, 2004 as Show #0425

Links and Resources:

It’s interesting to note that the Disney Company installed the Wurlitzer organ from San Francisco’s Fox Theatre at the renovated El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, an historic landmark now with a landmark instrument.

Music played in the program

JIMMIE DODD: Mickey Mouse Club March –George Wright (1921 Wurlitzer, Opus 434/Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL) Banda CD-42192

J.S. BACH: Toccata & Fugue in d, S. 565 –David Rothe (1990 Yokota/California State University, Chico, CA) Chico University Press CD-1991

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (arranged by Hohman): Nutcracker Ballet Scenes: Overture; Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy; Arabian Dance; Chinese DanceFrederick Hohman (1985 Reuter/Augustana Lutheran, Denver, CO) Pro Organo CD 7012

PAUL DUKAS (arranged by Chorosinski): The Sorcerer’s Apprentice –Andrzej Chorosinski (1996 Sauer/Johannisberg City Hall, Wuppertal, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 320 0818

AMILCARE PONCHIELLI: Dance of the Hours, from La Gioconda –Jelani Eddington (1928 Kimball/Dickinson High School Auditorium, Wilmington, DE) DTOS CD-7050

FRANK CHURCHILL: Snow White Medley –Sidney Torch (Christie/Gaumont Cinema, Kilburn, England, UK) Pearl CD-9747

ALAN MENKEN: A Whole New World and Friend Like Me, from Aladdin –Rob Richards (Wurlitzer/Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, AZ) Organ Stop CD-105

RICHARD RODGERS: The Lady is a Tramp –Chris Elliott (1926 Wurlitzer/Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY) Crystell CD-104

ALAN MENKEN: Beauty and the Beast –Stan Kann (1929 Wurlitzer/Fox Theatre, Saint Louis, MO) SKCD-1001

FRANZ SCHUBERT: Ave Maria –John Weaver (1990 Schantz/East 91st Street Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN) Gothic G49060

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (arranged by David Briggs): Waltz of the Flowers, from Nutcracker –David Briggs (1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard; 1999 Nicholson/Gloucester Cathedral, England, UK) Priory PRCD568

LEIGH HARLINE: When you wish upon a star –Walt Strony (1927 Morton/Kautz Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, CA) KIV CD-1001