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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1992 Ruffatti at Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA]
1992 Ruffatti at Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA

[1953 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Opus 1118, at Riverside, New York, New York]
1953 Aeolian-Skinner organ at Riverside Church, New York, NY

1998 Glatter-Götz, Rosales organ at United Church of Christ, Claremont, CA
1998 Glatter-Götz, Rosales organ at the United Church of Christ, Claremont, CA

1995 Reuter at Shadyside Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, PA
1995 Reuter at Shadyside Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, PA

An American Organist’s Christmas

Performers and instruments in the United States transform a global collection of holiday melodies.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of December 19, 2005

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Music played in the program

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (arranged by Richard Webster): Hark! the herald angels sing –Pittsburgh Symphony Brass; Richard Webster (1932 Aeolian-Skinner/East Liberty Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, PA) Four Winds CD-3022

DAN LOCKLAIR: Go, tell it on the mountain!, from A Spiritual PairMarsha Foxgrover (1992 Schantz/College Church, Wheaton, IL) Batavia CD-2001

NAJI HAKIM: Go, tell it on the mountain!Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault (1992 Ruffatti/Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA) Gothic G49084

HELMUT WALCHA: Den die Hirten lobten sehre. LEO SOWERBY: The snow lay on the ground –Robert Benjamin Dobey (2003 Schoenstein/Grace Episcopal, Sheboygan, WI) Pro Organo CD 7175

ROBERT WETZLER (arranged): Still, still, still –Michigan State University Children’s Choir, Mary Alice Stollak, conductor; Judy Kabodian (Aeolian-Skinner/Cathedral of Christ the King, Kalamazoo, MI) MSU CD-408

TRADITIONAL (arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dale Wood, and Jane Weidensaul): O little town of Bethlehem –Judith Bachleitner, flute; Jane Weidensaul, harp; Choir of Riverside Church; FREDERICK SWANN (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) Gothic G49131

TIMOTHY TIKKER: Variations sur un vieux Noël [1993] –Timothy Tikker (1998 Glatter-Götz; Rosales/Claremont UCC, Claremont, CA) Raven OAR-670

STEVE NELSON: Frosty the Snowman –John Lauter. MEL TORME: The Christmas Song –Scott Smith, organ. FELIX BERNARD: Winter Wonderland –Henry Aldridge, organ. ADOLPHE ADAM: O holy nightSteven Ball, organ. RICHARD LIEBERT: Under the Christmas mistletoe –Henry Aldridge (1927 Barton/Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI) Michigan Theatre CD-2002

JOHN BEHNKE: Christmas Carol Preludes: Go tell it on the mountain; Veni Emmanuel; As with gladness men of old; O come, all ye faithfulJohn Behnke (1989 Steiner-Reck/Concordia University Chapel, Mequon, WI) Behnke CD-2001

DIANE MEREDITH BELCHER: Lutebook Lullabye –Memphis Chamber Choir and Memphis Boychoir, John Ayer, conductor; Kristin Lensch (1927 Kilgen; 1956; 1975 Schantz/Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Mary, Memphis, TN) Pro Organo CD 7169

ARTHUR POISTER: A Christmas Cradle SongJohn Walker (1995 Reuter/Shadyside Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, PA) Pro Organo CD 7189

GERRE HANCOCK: Improvisation on Sleeper’s awake!Gerre Hancock (2004 Holtkamp/Cathedral of St. Louis, New Orleans, LA) Pipedreams Archive recorded December 5, 2004