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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1947 Aeolian-Skinner
1947 Aeolian-Skinner/Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA

The Sounds of Summer Suspended?

…we highlight a few of the famous pipe organs for which the summer season usually is particularly active.

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

RICHARD WAGNER: Parsifal Fanfares –Monty Maxwell (Midmer-Losh/Bordwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ) PD Archive (r. 7/3/19)

ARTHUR SULLIVAN: The Yeoman of the Guard Overture –Peter Conte (Wanamaker organ/Macy’s Center City Store, Philadelphia, PA) PD Archive (r. 6/2/18)

J. S. BACH: Toccata in F, BWV 540 –Michael Murray (1947 Aeolian-Skinner/Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA) Telarc 80049

EDWIN H. LEMARE: Finale, fr Organ Symphony in g, Op. 35 –Frederick Hohman (1912-1926 Austin/Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, ME) Pro Organo 7117

HUMPHREY STEWART: Spanish Military March –Carole Williams (1915 Austin/Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA) SOS 8

LOUIS JAMES ALFRED LEFEBURE-WELY: 2 Pieces (Pastorale in G; Sortie in E-flat) –Gordon Turk (Hope-Jones, expanded/Ocean Grove Auditorium, Ocean Grove, NJ) Dorian 90267

RICHARD STRAUSS: Morgen, Op. 27, no. 4 –Clara Rottsolk, soprano; Peter Richard Conte (Wanamaker organ/Macy’s Center City Store, Philadelphia, PA) PD Archive (r. 6/2/18)

Filler –

Hour 2

G. F. HANDEL: Air & Hornpipe, fr Water Music. JOHN KNOWLES PAINE: Variations on the Austrian Hymn –Richard Erickson (1932 Barton-1976 Berschdorf/Hibbing High School Auditorium, Hibbing, MN) PD Archive (r. 6/21/79)

ROBERT CUNDICK: Divertimento –Carlton Russell (1860 Hook/St. John's Church, Bangor, ME) St. John’s Concerts 101-97

JAMES BECKEL: Voluntary in C. FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Fugue in C, fr Sonata No. 2 –Thomas Dressler (1847 Auditorium, Round Lake, NY) Round Lake 2001

DANIEL PINKHAM: Pastorale for Harp & Organ –Sandra Bittermann, harp; Susan Armstrong (1947 Aeolian-Skinner/Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA) AFKA 542

HERBERT HOWELLS: Prelude Sine Nomine. SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: Inferno, fr Symphonic Chorale, Op. 87. no. 2 –Christopher Johnson (Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside Church, New York, NY) JAV 168

Filler –


For the latest information regarding performances at these venues, check their websites.

Boardwalk Hall Historic Organ Restoration Committee

Friends of the Wanamaker Organ

Methuen Memorial Music Hall

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ

Spreckels Organ Society

Ocean Grove Auditorium Organ

St John's Organ Society

Round Lake Auditorium

Riverside Church


APOBAContinuing support of PIPEDREAMS is provided in loving memory of Wesley and Lucinda Dudley by their family, with additional support from Walter McCarthy, Clara Ueland, and the Greystone Foundation, by Jan Kirchner on behalf of her family foundation, by the Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund of the HRK Foundation, in celebration of the life of Martha Hulings Kaemmer, and by listener-contributors to this public radio station. Additional support comes from  Letourneau Organs Limited of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, and the Muller Pipe Organ Company of Croton, OH, members of APOBA, the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, a collaborative of designers, creators, and maintainers of pipe organs found in religious and educational institutions, concert halls, and residences throughout the United States and beyond. An APOBA resource guide and member prospectus is available at APOBA.COM.

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