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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Michael Barone on stage at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY][decorative stamp]
Michael Barone on stage at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY.
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Pipedreams Live! in Rochester (Part 2)

…we return to upstate New York for performances by students and faculty of the Eastman School of Music recorded during a remarkably popular and successful weekend organ festival.

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

COLE PORTER: It’s De-Lovely!Jonathan Ortloff, with Allan Ward, percussion (1928 Wurlitzer/Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY)

RICHARD ADLER & JERRY ROSS: Hey there!Professor William Porter (1928 Wurlitzer/Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY)

JAMES P. JOHNSON: The CharlestonDavid Baskeyfield (1928 Wurlitzer/Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY)

ALBERT KETÈLBY: In a Persian MarketProfessor David Higgs (1928 Wurlitzer/Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY)

WILLIAM ALBRIGHT: Tango, from Flights of FancyAnnie Laver (2008 Fritts/Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Rochester, NY)

WILLIAM PORTER: Improvisation on a Theme by Herbert Howells –William Porter (2008 GoART Casparini/Christ Church Episcopal, Rochester, NY)

JEROME KERN: All the things you are. RICHARD RODGERS: My funny ValentineJonathan Ortloff & Ward (1928 Wurlitzer/Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY)

JOHN GLOVER-KIND: Beside the SeasideDavid Baskeyfield (1928 Wurlitzer/Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY)

Filler –COLE PORTER: It’s De-Lovely (see above)

Hour 2

JONATHAN ORTLOFF: Grey Skies –Jonathan Ortloff (1928 Wurlitzer/Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY) Ortloff 2009

ARTHUR SCHWARTZ: That’s Entertainment. IVOR NOVELLO: We’ll Gather LilacsDavid Baskeyfield (1928 Wurlitzer/Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY)

ADRIAN VERNON FISH: The Forgotten Whalers of KitsissuarsuitRandall Harlow (2008 GoART Casparini/Christ Church Episcopal, Rochester, NY)

SAMUEL ADLER: Festival ProclamationRyan Enright (2008 GoART Casparini/Christ Church Episcopal, Rochester, NY)

TRADITIONAL: Shenandoah. IGOR STRAVINSKY: Final Tableau, from Firebird. COLE PORTER: It’s all right with meJonathan Ortloff & Ward (1928 Wurlitzer/Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY)

Filler –RICHARD LIEBERT: Just a BungalowDavid Peckham (1928 Wurlitzer/Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY) Veteran Hill Productions 2003


In February 2009, the Eastman-Rochester Organ Initiative, EROI, the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Rochester Theatre Organ Society and public radio station WXXI-91.5FM collaborated in a three-day organ orgy with Pipedreams host Michael Barone. Capacity audiences attended events at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre, with its 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer, recorded February 15, 2009; at Sacred Heart Cathedral featuring the 2008 Fritts organ, recorded February 13, 2009; and Christ Church Episcopal featuring the 2008 GoART Casparini Project organ, recorded February 14, 2009.

A prior broadcast Pipedreams Live! in Rochester (Part 1) #0942 was derived primarily from the Friday and Saturday night church concerts, and though we return to those venues here, briefly, our main focus is on theatre organ music from the Rochester Auditorium. Additional performances from that venue, by David Peckham, No Remaining Seats, and Jonathan Ortloff with Allan Ward, Clang, Clang, Clang, are available in CD format, too.

David Baskeyfield’s mention of the Blackpool Ballroom deserves further exploration, what a place to discover the theatre organ!

Randall Harlow has created a fantastic online documentation of his summer 2008 research of the Organ Culture in Greenland, and we encourage you to check it out!

Find more information about having a PIPEDREAMS LIVE! event in your neighborhood, and link to past events.

Our audio technicians discovered, too late, an unfortunate electrical grounding problem which introduced some noise into the recording made at the Rochester Auditorium. We hope this does not detract too much from your pleasure.


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