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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1985 Reuter organ at Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, Colorado][decorative stamp]
1985 Reuter organ at Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, Colorado

[Wurlitzer organ at Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, Arizona][decorative stamp]
Wurlitzer organ at Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, Arizona

[1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard organ at the Cathedral, Gloucester, England, UK][decorative stamp]
1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard organ at the Cathedral, Gloucester, England, UK

It’s a Disney World

A treat for the whole family, this week’s broadcast features organ arrangements of famous classical works and original compositions used in Fantasia and other Walt Disney films.


Audio 46:35 Min

Audio 41:26 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

•August 30, 1999 as Show #9935

•June 21, 2004 as Show #0425

Links and Resources:

It’s interesting to note that the Disney Company installed the Wurlitzer organ from San Francisco’s Fox Theatre at the renovated El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, an historic landmark now with a landmark instrument.

Music played in the program

JIMMIE DODD: Mickey Mouse Club March –George Wright (1921 Wurlitzer, Opus 434/Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL) Banda CD-42192

J.S. BACH: Toccata & Fugue in d, S. 565 –David Rothe (1990 Yokota/California State University, Chico, CA) Chico University Press CD-1991

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (arranged by Hohman): Nutcracker Ballet Scenes: Overture; Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy; Arabian Dance; Chinese DanceFrederick Hohman (1985 Reuter/Augustana Lutheran, Denver, CO) Pro Organo CD 7012

PAUL DUKAS (arranged by Chorosinski): The Sorcerer’s Apprentice –Andrzej Chorosinski (1996 Sauer/Johannisberg City Hall, Wuppertal, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 320 0818

AMILCARE PONCHIELLI: Dance of the Hours, from La Gioconda –Jelani Eddington (1928 Kimball/Dickinson High School Auditorium, Wilmington, DE) DTOS CD-7050

FRANK CHURCHILL: Snow White Medley –Sidney Torch (Christie/Gaumont Cinema, Kilburn, England, UK) Pearl CD-9747

ALAN MENKEN: A Whole New World and Friend Like Me, from Aladdin –Rob Richards (Wurlitzer/Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, AZ) Organ Stop CD-105

RICHARD RODGERS: The Lady is a Tramp –Chris Elliott (1926 Wurlitzer/Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY) Crystell CD-104

ALAN MENKEN: Beauty and the Beast –Stan Kann (1929 Wurlitzer/Fox Theatre, Saint Louis, MO) SKCD-1001

FRANZ SCHUBERT: Ave Maria –John Weaver (1990 Schantz/East 91st Street Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN) Gothic G49060

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (arranged by David Briggs): Waltz of the Flowers, from Nutcracker –David Briggs (1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard; 1999 Nicholson/Gloucester Cathedral, England, UK) Priory PRCD568

LEIGH HARLINE: When you wish upon a star –Walt Strony (1927 Morton/Kautz Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, CA) KIV CD-1001


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