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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[2006 Ruffatti/Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte][decorative stamp]
2006 Ruffatti at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte

[1984 Möller/1st United Methodist Church, Charlotte][decorative stamp]
1984 Möller at 1st United Methodist Church, Charlotte

[1966 Aeolian-Skinner-2014 Parkey/Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte][decorative stamp]
1966 Aeolian-Skinner-2014 Parkey at Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte

[1949 Aeolian-Skinner/Covenant Presbyterian Church, Charlotte][decorative stamp]
1949 Aeolian-Skinner at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Charlotte

[1952 Aeolian-Skinner/Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte][decorative stamp]
1952 Aeolian-Skinner at Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte

Some Southern Sonorities

…selections from performances recorded during the recent American Guild of Organists Southeast Regional Convention centered in Charlotte, NC.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1605 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1605 Hour 2 59:00 Min

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

NICOLAS de GRIGNY: Ave maris stella (4 versets) –Olivier Latry (1955 Aeolian-Skinner/Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC)

MARIN MARAIS (arr. Louprette): Alcyone SuiteRenée Ann Louprette (2006 Ruffatti/Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte)

DAVID CONTE: Anthem, Lead kindly light (premiere) –Atlanta Master Chorale/Eric Nelson, director; Jonathan Easter (1984 Möller/1st United Methodist Church, Charlotte)

OLIVIER LATRY: Improvisation on a Theme by Ned Rorem –Olivier Latry (Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University)

MARCEL DUPRÉ: Laudate DominumThe Choraliers/Jay Forrest, director; Robert McCormick (1966 Aeolian-Skinner-2014 Parkey/Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte)

Hour 2

CARLYLE SHARPE: Anthem, I will lift up mine eyesThe Choraliers/Jay Forrest, director; Robert McCormick (1966 Aeolian-Skinner-2014 Parkey/Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte)

SALLY ANN MORRIS: Hymn, Hear the city filled with singing –Young Voices of the Carolinas/Sandy Holland, director; Festival Brass & Percussion Ensemble; Harry Lynn Huff (1949 Aeolian-Skinner/Covenant Presbyterian Church, Charlotte)

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Fantasy in E-flatJack Mitchener (1952 Aeolian-Skinner/Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte)

CALVIN HAMPTON: Prayer & AlleluiasHarry Lynn Huff. DUPRÉ: Jacob combat ave l’Ange (1969 improvisation, reconstructed by David Stech). GEORGE BAKER: Variations on RouenStephen Tharp (Covenant Presbyterian Church)


These events were recorded by James Deal between July 1-4, 2015.  Thanks to organizer Timothy Belk and his many volunteers for a superbly satisfying SE-AGO Regional Convention! The next American Guild of Organists National Convention takes place in Houston, TX (June 19-23, 2016). Perhaps our paths will cross there?

Winthrop University’s remarkable 1955 Aeolian-Skinner organ by G. Donald Harrison (Opus 1257 with 67 ranks of pipes, an overlooked treasure repaired without tonal alteration), will be featured in an afternoon concert by James O’Donnell of Westminster Abbey on February 14, 2016.


Explore further the resources of Opus 1257 with these additional online performances by Olivier Latry (r. 7/1/2015) from Winthrop University’s James F. Byrnes Auditorium:

VINCENT PAULET (b. 1962):  Hymne (2011, commissioned in celebration of the 800th anniversary of Reims Cathedral, where Nicolas de Grigny served as organist; the work is compositionally related to…but sounds nothing like…the fugual second verse from Grigny’s Ave maris stella)

OLIVIER MESSIAENPriere apres la communion, fr Livre de Saint Sacrament

LOUIS VIERNESymphony No. 2, Op. 20 (Scherzo and Finale)

MAURICE DURUFLÉSuite, Opus 5 (Prelude-Sicilienne-Toccata)

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