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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble and the Casavant-Schantz organ at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, MN.]
University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble and the at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, MN.

[Special bells made from old oxygen tanks for the Lou Harrison concerto]
Special bells made from old oxygen tanks for the Lou Harrison concerto.

[Special drums constructed with plywood for the Harrison concerto]
Special drums constructed with plywood for the Harrison concerto.

[Michael Barone and John Walker]
Michael Barone talks with organist John Walker about the Harrison concerto.

[Michael Barone and Bill Chouinard]
Michael Barone introduces the audience to some of the particular sonic content of the Casavant-Schantz organ, with musical examples played by resident organist Bill Chouinard.

A Sonic Blockbuster

…in which we blend a huge romantic pipe organ into a full symphonic wind and percussion ensemble, with clearly audible results!

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1430 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1430 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of July 28, 2014

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

ALFRED REEDAlleluia, Laudamus Te!

RICHARD PROULX:  Seven Variations on Joys Seven

PERCY GRAINGERThe Power of Rome and the Christian Heart

MAX REGER:  Toccata in d and Fugue in D, Op. 59, nos. 5 & 6

RON NELSONPebble Beach Sojourn

Filler - REED (see above)

Hour 2

HEALEY WILLAN:  Chorale-prelude, Lord of all hopefulness

LOU HARRISON:  Concerto for Organ and Percussion Orchestra

HERBERT NANNEYAndante, fr Organ Sonata

DAVID MASLANKA:  Finale, fr Symphony No. 4

Filler - NELSON (see above)

The University of Minnesota Wind and Percussion Ensembles (led by Craig Kirchhoff and Fernando Meza, respectively) performed in concert at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN (r. 10/24/08).  Playing the versatile 1927 Casavant-2001 Schantz pipe organ were resident musician Bill Chouinard and guests Dean Billmeyer (Reger), John Walker (Harrison and Nanney) and John Salveson (Maslanka).  Additional works by Proulx and Willan (r. 1/26/06) feature resident musician Chouinard.

The repertoire by Alfred Reed, PERCY GRAINGER and Nelson is available in performances by the Dallas Wind Symphony on Reference Recordings RR-58. Also, several recordings of the (1927 Casavant Frères; 2001 Schantz/St. Andrew Lutheran, Mahtomedi, MN) are available, featuring performances by Bill Chouinard onPro Organo CD 7184, Thomas Heywood on Pro Organo CD 7183, and Martin Jean on Gothic G49257.

This is an ENCORE broadcast of Program #0916 which originally aired in April 2009.