Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1959 Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Missouri
…a celebration of the iconic 1959 Aeolian-Skinner instrument in the Auditorium of the Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri, with comments from John Obetz and Jan Kraybill.
Filler –MARCEL DUPRÉ (see above)
A superb example of the American Classic tonal ideal of the mid twentieth century, the Auditorium Organ was built by Aeolian-Skinner in 1959, and it remains perhaps the most prominent of the firm’s installations from that period. Aeolian-Skinner President Joseph Whiteford, working with an initial design and specification from his predecessor, the late G. Donald Harrison, evolved the instrument’s final 113-rank specification with 6,334 individual pipes in consultation with prominent pedagogues Harold Gleason and Catharine Crozier. The organ is famous for its dramatic visual presence, with a dynamic display of exposed pipework including a towering 32′ pedal register and the powerful antiphonal trompette en chamade.
If you're in the area don’t forget to check out the free 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon recitals as well as the Dome & Spire Series of concerts at the Community of Christ. The location alternates between the Auditorium and Temple.