The Wanamaker Organ – Inside the world’s largest operating musical instrument

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Most Philadelphians don’t realize that the largest working musical instrument in the world is built into one of the city’s landmarks, the former John Wanamaker department store, now Macy’s, at 13th and Market streets.
The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy’s is a 7-story-high contraption bigger than most people’s houses, even rich people’s. The vast maze of 26,677 pipes and baffles and bellows and wires and wooden stairways lies hidden behind what many of us have always thought was the Wanamaker Organ.

Natchez steamboat – Steam organ, New Orleans

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Natchez steamboat – Steam organ (Calliope), New Orleans. Louisiana, United States 2002
The Steam Calliope is a uniquely American instrument, a 32-note steam pipe organ. It has been identified with steamboats since 1865. Today, only four Steamboats operating on the Mississippi River have Steam Calliopes. The Steamboat Natchez, christened in 1975, has a Steam Calliope which is an exact copy of those original instruments built 100 years ago

A Well-Cared-For Pipe Organ, Schantz at First Baptist, POOSC, Episode 6

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Pipe Organs of South Carolina Episode Six: The Schantz at First Baptist Church, Gaffney SC, Opus 1217 (1973), 35 Ranks

We took a historical detour at the beginning of the video to view Gaffney’s Cabin.

Music: Allegro Maestoso e Vivace, Sonata No. 2, by Felix Mendelssohn

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Historic 1868 Victorian Church Organ in Yonkers, NY

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Anthony Meloni, organ restorer gives an historical and technical overview of an 1868 American organ built by the J. H. & C. S. Odell Company currently in Meloni’s shop in Yonkers, NY. Meloni and his group have restored this historic instrument and it is currently available for sale.

The J.H. & C.S. Odell Company was founded by John Henry and Caleb Sherwood Odell in New York City in 1859. It was one of the most important 19th C. organ building firms in the United States.

As part of the video presentation, keyboardist Artis Wodehouse demonstrates the organ by playing original American organ music composed during the 1850s and 60s, an Allegretto by Charles Zeuner (1795-1857) and a Voluntary in Free Style by J. C. Beckel (1811-1880).

For more information about this organ contact Anthony Meloni at [email protected]

70 years Later Calif.Theater in Pittsburg. Homecoming of Robert Morton Theater Pipe Organ

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The Original 1928 Robert Morton console was heard again after an absence of 70 years in the recently restored California Theater Pittsburg Ca. This elegant theater was designed by noted theater architect A. W. Cornelius and built by Sylvester and Salvatore Enea in 1920. No longer needed for accompanying silent movies The Robert Morton console and theater pipe organ designed for this theater was sold in 1949. The theater closed in 1954. Facing the wrecking ball in 1994 the beautiful theater was saved by the City of Pittsburg, Community Organizations, and private donations. The original pipe organ and console became available. Led by Dave Moreno and computer and electronic technician Julie Porter and a volunteer crew sponsored by Pacific Community Services, Inc. and Tom Lafleur rebuilt the chambers, chests, pipes, percussion and Robert Morton console.
The restored pipe organ was heard again for the first time in December 2016 using a donated Wurlitzer console until a required lift was installed for the larger Robert Morton console. The installation of the lift was completed and on January 15, 2019 the original Robert Morton Theater Pipe organ designed for this theater was again delighting the public. Dave Moreno the theater’s organist also led off the pre-movie program featuring the Robert Morton Theater Pipe Organ with a rousing rendition of California Here I Come, Right Back Where I Started From, and Pure Imagination from the movie being shown Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and closed the performance with The Pink Panther. Matias Bombal noted theater critic was the programs M.C.

1965 Schantz Organ, Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Missouri, Musical excerpts

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Andrew Peters plays three works on the 1965 Schantz organ at Second Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri: Vocalise by Dan Gawthrop, Aria Pastorella 7 by Johann Valentin Rathgeber, and Trumpet Tune by Martha Sobaje.

Premiere CD on restored Kimball Organ in Denver

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In this video, Eric Plutz, the Princeton University Organist, is seen performing classical organ works during his May, 2012, recording sessions for the new CD release on Pro Organo, entitled Denver Jubilee. Mr. Plutz relates his personal background as a musician at the Denver Cathedral. The new CD, recorded in May, 2012, celebrates the restoration of the 1938 W. W. Kimball pipe organ in St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Denver, Colorado. Organ restorer Joseph Rotella, of Spencer Organ Company, Inc., Boston, describes the restoration work.

What a friend we have in Jesus – Rosemount Methodist Church, Hyde (Lowrey organ)

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Me playing the Lowrey electronic organ at Rosemount Methodist Church in Hyde near Manchester.

I am playing the hymn ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’. With the organ being an entertainment instrument, I decided to play the hymn with some cinema organ style vibrato to show off a little of the organs capabilities.

Rosemount is part of Hyde and Denton Methodist Circuit and here are videos of me playing at some of the other churches in it:






Theatre Organ Concert

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On Aug. 18, 2017, TJ Duffy played everything from The Beatles to Metallica during a concert at the State Office Building.

Track list:
1. 20th Century Fox intro/Star-Spangled Banner
2. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/With A Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles)
3. House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)
4. We’re Not Gonna Take it (Twisted Sister)
5. Hey You/Is There Anybody Out There?/ On The Turning Away (Pink Floyd)
6. Nobody’s Fool (Cinderella)
7. Poison (Alice Cooper)
8. Still Lovin’ You (Scorpions)
9. Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
10. Nights in White Satin (The Moody Blues)
11. Con Te Partiro (Time To Say Goodbye) (Andrea Bocelli)
12. “Star Wars” Theme

Rodgers Hybrid Organs: The Organ at St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Indiana.

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We are proud to present this new Rodgers Hybrid Organ testimonial video.

The hybrid organ for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church was designed by Triune Music of Elmhurst, Illinois, and built by a renowned pipe organ builder and Rodgers Instruments.

The organ has five divisions. It features a stunning pipe façade housed in an imposing case built from White Oak, to compliment the architectural features of the church. The façade contains pipes from the 16’ Principal and 16’ Violone ranks, all of the pipes in the façade are speaking pipes. Of particular note are the flared brass resonators of the dramatic Pontifical Trumpet. This stop speaks with authority as a solo stop over full organ and is especially useful for weddings and other festive occasions.

The digital console was built by Rodgers. The custom finished shell is built of American Oak and has an ebony-finished interior. It meets the standards of the American Guild of Organists with a 32-note pedal board and three 61-note, wood-core keyboards that offer velocity-sensitive keying for orchestral sounds. The console’s operating system allows for several unique features not usually found on pipe organs, such as: automatic turn-off circuits, automatic pedal and melody couplers, self-diagnostic test systems, software upgrades and a solid-state transposer.

The Rodgers operating system is connected to a tuning sensor that monitors the temperature of the pipework in order to keep the digital stops in tune with the pipe stops at all times. The Rodgers console is programmed to accept a large number of future pipe ranks as ample space was provided in the original casework design.

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