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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

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

[1915 Austin organ at the Spreckels Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA]
1915 Austin in Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

1948 Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, UT
1948 Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, UT

An American Organist’s Christmas

Our own composers and performers know how to bring a unique and special flavor to the holiday season.

Flash Player Audio Icon Complete Show 1 hr 28 min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of December 18, 2006

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Music played in the program

PAUL MANZ: Christmas Hymn Improvisations: Oh, how joyfully; How brightly shines the morningstar; Deck thyself with gladness; What is this lovely fragrance?; Joy to the worldPaul Manz (1965 Schlicker/Mount Olive Lutheran, Minneapolis, MN) Manz Music CD-993/921

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY: Dance of the sugar-plum fairy, from Nutcracker. DAVID CONTE: Meditation on Silent Night. SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS/MYRON ROBERTS: God rest ye merry, gentlemen –Todd Wilson (1931 Skinner/Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH) Cleveland Orchestra CD-11009

JOHN G. BARR: Lullaby on Silent NightJohn Walker (1995 Reuter/Shadyside Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, PA) Pro Organo CD 7189

CLAY CHRISTIANSEN (arranged): Hark! the herald angels sing –Clay Christiansen (1948 Aeolian-Skinner/Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, UT) Bonneville CD-9504

JULE STYNE: Let it snow. FELIX BERNARD: Winter Wonderland. IRVING BERLIN: White Christmas –John Detroy, Jr. (Wurlitzer/Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY) Pipedreams Archive recorded September 2, 1972

TRADITIONAL: I saw three ships; The holly and the ivy –Dick Liebert (Wurlitzer/Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY) Sony Special Products CD-19990

ROBERT ALLEN: There’s no place like home for the holidays –Larry Kass (1928 Wurlitzer/Kass Residence, Hinckley, OH) Razzmatazz 1998

STEVEN BALL: What child is this? VINCE GUARALDI: Christmas time is here. LEROY ANDERSON: Sleigh RideSteven Ball, John Lauter & Wade Bray (1927 Barton/Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI) Michigan Theatre CD-2002

THEODORE MORRISON: Sing for Joy! [1987] –University of Michigan Chamber Choir, Theodore Morrison, conductor; Scott Hanoian (1955 Aeolian-Skinner/Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI) Equilibrium CD-54

EMMA LOU DIEMER: Go, tell it on the mountain. ROBERT ELMORE: God rest ye merry, gentlemen –Robert Plimpton (1915 Austin/Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA) Spreckels Organ Society CD-5

HECTOR OLIVERA: Improvisation on In dulci jubilo –Hector Olivera (1991 Casavant Frères; 1996 Rodgers/Bel Air Presbyterian, Los Angeles, CA) Rodgers CD-876015

KEITH CHAPMAN: 3 Christmas Songs: Joseph dearest, Joseph mine; Infant holy, infant lowly; Bring a torch, Jeanette IsabellaJames Dale (1981 Möller/United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD) Pine CD-103