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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Gordon Turk seated at the console of the Robert Hope-Jones pipe organ.]
Gordon Turk seated at the console of the Robert Hope-Jones pipe organ.

image © by James G. Howes, July 8, 2007

From the Ocean Grove

…from the centenary celebrations of the Robert Hope-Jones pipe organ in the world-famous auditorium of this picturesque New Jersey summer shore-side retreat.

Audio 1027 Complete Show 1 hr 58 min

Audio 1027 Hour 1 59:00 min

Audio 1027 Hour 2 59:00 min

Program Broadcast dates:

•November 3, 2008 as Show #0844

•July 5, 2010 as Show #1027

Links and Resources:

Special Interview Feature:

  • Audio Listen …Auditorium Organist Gordon Turk tells of the beginnings of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association.
  • Audio Listen …Gordon relates the history and some unique aspects of this historic space and its pipe organ.
  • Audio Listen …Gordon comments on the Ocean Grove organ’s earlier need for renovation.
  • Audio Listen …The Ocean Grove Organ grew and grew, but with a plan managed by Organ Curator John Shaw.
  • Audio Listen …An at-the-console demonstration by Gordon of some original Robert Hope-Jones ranks from 1908.
  • Audio Listen …Hear individual sounds from the new Antiphonal-Echo division, constructed by the firm of A.R. Schopp’s Sons of Alliance, OH, installed in the balcony 300 feet away from the main organ!

Music played in the program

Hour 1

LÉON BOËLLMANN: Suite Gothique*

LÉON BOËLLMANN: Fantasie-Dialogue for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 35 –Rittenhouse Orchestra, Jason Tramm, conductor; Gordon Turk, organ; recorded July 30, 2008

LOUIS VIERNE: Berceuse, from 24 Pieces en style libre*

JOHANNES MATTHIAS MICHEL: 2 Jazz Preludes: Swing Five/Erhalt uns, Herr; Afro-Cuban/In Dir ist FreudeCarol Williams; recorded July 23, 2008

Filler –J.S. BACH: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen from Ocean Grove CD**

Hour 2

LÉON BOËLLMANN: Ronde Francaise, Opus 37. GEORG BÖHM: Praeludium in C. MAX REGER: Introduction and Passacaglia in d. JOSEPH JONGEN: Toccata, Opus 104 –Gordon Turk**

ALEXANDRE GUILMANT: Symphony Number 1 in d for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 42. –Rittenhouse Orchestra, Jason Tramm, conductor; Gordon Turk, organ; recorded July 30, 2008

Filler –LÉON BOËLLMANN: Fantasie-Dialogue (see above)


Gordon Turk, Ocean Grove Auditorium Organist, talks with Michael Barone about the history of this historic 6700-seat hall and its lavish 176-rank instrument, and demonstrates the organ’s original Hope-Jones voices and the new Antiphonal Division. The concert recordings were made especially for this broadcast; CDs by Gordon Turk have been issued on the Dorian label, 90267* [nla] and by the Ocean Grove Associaton (**). The Ocean Grove Auditorium Organ is featured in regular midday and evening concerts throughout the summer months