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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1692 Arp Schnitger organ [plus additions] at the Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands]
1692 Arp Schnitger organ [plus additions] at the Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands

[1766 Riepp at Ottobeuren Abbey, Germany]
1766 Riepp organ at Ottobeuren Monastery, Germany

[1986 Fisk at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI]
1985 C.B. Fisk organ at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

[1994 Casavant at Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church, Tifton, GA]
1994 Casavant at St. Anne Episcopal Church, Tifton, GA

[1846 Cavaillé-Coll at La Madeleine, Paris, France]
1845 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Église de la Madeleine, Paris, France

[1864 Cavaillé-Coll at Saint Francois-de-Sales, Lyon, France]
1880 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint Francois-de-Sales, Lyon, France

[1862 Walcker; 1947 Aeolian-Skinner at Methuen Music Hall, Methuen, MA]
1862 Walcker; 1947 Aeolian-Skinner organ at Methuen Music Hall, Methuen, MA

[1859 Cavaillé-Coll at Saint Clothilde, Paris, France]
1859 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Basilique Sainte-Clotilde, Paris, France

Follow the Star

These brilliant denizens of heaven evoke their rolls as travelers’ guide, focus of prayers and wishes, and symbol of nations, while providing us with a star-studded musical celebration.

Flash Player Audio Icon Complete Show 1 hr 28 min

Program Broadcast dates:

•January 6, 1997 as Show #9701

•July 3, 2006 as Show #0627

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

MICHAEL BURKHARDT: Variations on How brightly shines the morningstarMichael Burkhardt (1988 Casavant Frères/Concordia University Center for Worship and the Performing Arts, Irvine, CA) MorningStar CD-11MB

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Fantasy on Wie schön leuchtet der MorgensternMarie-Claire Alain (1692 Arp Schnitger [plus additions]/Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands) Erato ECD-0630-12979

GEORG DIETRICH LEIDING: Chorale-prelude, Wie schön leuchtetJan Overduin (1766 Riepp/Ottobeuren Monastery, Germany) ebs 6010

JAMES WOODMAN: Little Partita for Epiphany –Peter Sykes (1989 Roche/Old North Church, Nantucket Island, MA) Raven OAR-320

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Chorale-prelude, Wie schön leuchtetMarilyn Mason (1985 C.B. Fisk/Moore Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI) MHS CD-5132761

RICHARD PURVIS: Caravan of the Three KingsKeith Shafer (1994 Casavant Frères/St. Anne Episcopal, Tifton, GA) Saint Anne Productions CD-1001

THÉODORE DUBOIS: March of the MagiFrançois-Henri Houbart (1845 Cavaillé-Coll/Église de la Madeleine, Paris, France) BNL 112724

LOUIS VIERNE: Etoile du soir, from Fantasy Pieces, Opus 54, number 3 –Wolfgang Rübsam (1880 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-François-de-Sales, Lyon, France) Bayer BR100 015/6

HOAGY CARMICHAEL: StardustGeorge Wright (Hollywood Philharmonic Organ/George Wright Residence, Hollywood, CA) Banda CD-109454

JIMMY van HEUSEN: Swinging on a StarDavid Peckham (1925 Marr & Colton/Clemens Center, Elmira, NY) Veteran Hill Productions 1961

JOHN PHILIP SOUSA: Stars and Stripes ForeverSimon Preston (1863 E.F. Walcker; 1947 Aeolian-Skinner/Methuen Music Hall, Methuen, MA) Argo 421 731

CHARLES TOURNEMIRE: Communion for Epiphany, from L’Orgue MystiquePierre Cogen (1859 Cavaillé-Coll/Basilique Sainte-Clotilde, Paris, France) Cybella CD-883

CHARLES TOURNEMIRE: Offertoire and Fantasie-Chorale for the Sunday after Epiphany, from L’Orgue MystiqueAdrian Gunning (1962 Harrison & Harrison/Coventry Cathedral, England, UK) Libra CD-155