1927 Casavant–2001 Schantz pipe organ at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, MN.
1927 Casavant–2001 Schantz pipe organ at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, MN.

A Pipedreams Anniversary #1704

…while passing yet another landmark, we share a bit of history with these selections from the program’s 30th birthday party.

Hour 1

JOHN COOKFanfareBill Chouinard

JOHN GARDNERAnthem, Fight the Good FightSt. Andrew’s Choir/Jan Gilbertson, director; Michael Barone

KATHERINE KENNICOTT DAVIS:  Pastorale.  JAMES H. ROGERSConcert Overture in bCharles Echols

J.S. BACH (arr. Hohman):  Air, fr Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068Robert Vickery

ANTHONY NEWMANAh, sweet the moonlightWILLIAM CHOUINARD (arr.):  A Reformation HymnNorah Long, soprano; Bill Chouinard

Filler – KARG-ELERT:  Nun danket alle Gott –Bill Chouinard (Pipedreams Archive, r. 2/10/03)

Hour 2

WILLIAM WALTON (trans. Chouinard):  Crown ImperialBill Chouinard (Pro Organo 7184)

LEROY ANDERSONSleigh RideNorah Long, soprano; Bill Chouinard.

FREDERICK DELIUS (arr. Hebble):  Winter Night (Sleigh Ride) –Robert Vickery

FLORENCE PRICE:  Organ Sonata (1st movement)  --Kathrine Handford

CHARLES-MARIE WIDORAdagio (iv), fr Symphony No. 2, Op. 13, no. 2Michael Barone

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS:  Fantasy on The Old HundredthSt. Andrew’s Choir/Jan Gilbertson

HUBERT PARRY:  Hymn, Dear Lord and Father of MankindBill Chouinard

Filler – COOK (see above)

Recorded primarily on January 29, 2012 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN, these performances feature the 4-manual, 108-rank 1927 Casavant-2001 Schantz pipe organ, one of the grandest instruments in the upper Midwest.

PIPEDREAMS made its nationwide debut with a ‘pilot series’ of 14 programs aired during the first week of January 1982.  At that point, there was no plan for a continuation.  Only later, commencing in October 1983, did PIPEDREAMS return to the airwaves as an ongoing, regular weekly presence.  These performances celebrated PIPEDREAMS’ first 30 years…but time does not stand still, does it? In 2017, we’ve reached a 35th year milepost.  Ever onward!  But if you are curious about what PIPEDREAMS may have sounded like in its first season, check it out here.