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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

2002 Letourneau organ at the Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton, Alberta

Winspear Wonder

This week we celebrate the inauguration of a new instrument, the Davis Concert Organ at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. To date, it is the largest production from the shop of the Letourneau Organ Company of Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec. With 96 stops and more than 6500 pipes, it lays claim to being the biggest mechanical-action instrument to be installed in a concert hall in modern times.

Christopher Herrick shows it off in a colorful collection of solo works, and Rachel Laurin teams up with Marion Bernardi and the Edmunton Symphony for the world premiere of grand new concerto by Jacques Hetu. In cooperation with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, we are pleased to present Ferrand Letourneau’s Winspear Wonder.

Program Broadcast dates:

Music played in the program

JEREMIAH CLARKE: Trumpet Voluntary. PATRICK GOWERS: An Occasional Trumpet Voluntary. JOHN BEHNKE: Siyahamba.

BELA BARTOK (arranged by Christopher Herrick): Romanian Folk Dances. HENRI MULET: Tu es petra, em>Toccata, from Byzantine Sketches –Christopher Herrick, organ; recorded September 15, 2002

JACQUES HETU: Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 68, world premiere –Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Mario Bernardi, conductor; Rachel Laurin, organ; recorded September 21, 2002

EDWIN H. LEMARE: Andantino in D-flat Moonlight and Roses MAURICE DURUFLÉ: Sicilienne and Toccata, from Suite for Organ, Opus 5 –Christopher Herrick; recorded September 15, 2002


Letourneau Organ, Opus 50, 2002 With 96 stops and 6551 individual pipes, the Davis Concert Organ is a gift to the community from Dr. Stuart Davis, a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. This program is produced with the cooperation of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.


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