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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1938 Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Washington National Cathedral] [decorative stamp]
1938 Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Washington National Cathedral

[2006 Holtkamp organ at the Boe Memorial Chapel of St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN] [decorative stamp]
2006 Holtkamp organ at Boe Memorial Chapel, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

[2010 Dobson organ at Sykes Chapel, University of Tampa, Florida] [decorative stamp]
2010 Dobson organ at Sykes Chapel, University of Tampa, Florida

[1928 Page organ at the Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN] [decorative stamp]
1928 Page organ at Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN

[1984 Ruffatti organ at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, CA] [decorative stamp]
1984 Ruffatti organ at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA

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…the good feeling generated by these diverse and creative works of American composers.

Audio 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 59:00 Min

Audio 59:00 Min

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Candide Overture –Peter Richard Conte (1938 Aeolian-Skinner/Washington National Cathedral, DC) JAV 147

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Gospel Prelude, What a friend we have in JesusErik Wm. Suter (1938 Aeolian-Skinner/Washington National Cathedral, DC) WNC 0701

JOHN WEAVER: Concert Piece for Viola and Organ –Carol Rodland, viola; Catherine Rodland (2006 Holtkamp/Boe Memorial Chapel, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN) Crystal 839

ROBERT SHAFER: Acclamation and SongHaig Mardirosian (2010 Dobson/Sykes Chapel, University of Tampa, FL) Centaur 3153

MYRON ROBERTS: The JugglerElizabeth & Raymond Chenault (1938 Aeolian-Skinner/Washington National Cathedral, DC) Gothic 49073

MARK HERMAN (arr.): Salute to AmericanaMark Herman (1928 Page/Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN) MHP 1001

Hour 2

VICTOR HERBERT: American Girl Two-step –Ron Rhode (Wurlitzer/Sanfilippo Place de Musique, Barrington, IL) Roxy Productions 115

HENRY MANCINI (arr. Avakian): Medley from Films and Shows –Nathan Avakian (1939 Kimball/Cleveland High School, Portland, OR) Avakian 709

VINCENT PERSICHETTI: The Hollow MenRichard Giangiulio, trumpet; Paul Riedo (1978 Schudi/St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Dallas, TX) Crystal 666

AARON COPLAND: Organ SymphonySan Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Paul Jacobs (1984 Ruffatti/Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA) SFS Media 0038

Link here for audio and video of the annual Independence Day Organ Concert (with brass and choir) at Washington National Cathedral, with Michael Barone as host/presenter.

Link here for further explorations of William Bolcom's Gospel Preludes.

Explore the remarkable creativity of the Youth Silent Film Festival for which Nathan Avakian provided musical 'inspiration'. Listen at the top of this page to soloist Paul Jacobs talking with Michael Barone about Aaron Copland's Organ Symphony.


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