1863 Walcker–1949 Aeolian-Skinner/Methuen Music Hall, Massachusetts
1863 Walcker–1949 Aeolian-Skinner/Methuen Music Hall, Massachusetts
Len Levasseur

Methuen Memories #2131

...selections from the 75th anniversary season of the famous Walcker/Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Massachusetts.

Hour One

SIR WALTER ALCOCKMarche Triumphale.  HEALEY WILLANAndante, Fugue & ChoraleAdam Pajan (r. 6/9/21)

JONATHAN DOVEThe Dancing Pipes (2014)Michael Hey (r. 5/19/21)

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (arr. Joos):  Andante, fr Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 102 –Shaylen Joos, harp.  MAURICE DURUFLÉPrelude & Fugue on the Name ALAIN, Op. 7Marshall Joos (r. 5/10/21)

Filler – SOL:  Solitude (see Michael Hey above)


Hour Two

J. S. BACHKomm, heiliger Geist, here Gott, BWV 651Bridgette Wargovich (r. 5/26/21)

SAMUEL BARBERTo Longwood GardensFELA SOWANDEJoshua fit de battle ob JerichoBILLY STRAYHORN (arr. Wyton):  Lotus Cathy Meyer (r. 6/23/21)

JEANNE DEMESSIEUX:  Paraphrase, Attende DomineTHÉODORE-CÉSAR SALOMÉ:  Grand Choeur in G, fr 10 Pieces, Volume 1Jeremy Bruns (r. 6/16/21)

MAURICE RAVEL (trans. Houlihan):  Vocalise-Etude in the Form of a HabaneraChristopher Houlihan (r. 6/30/21)

CARSON COOMANAlborada/SunriseCHRISTA RAKICHHomage a Gershwin (Quodlibet on Slane)ADOLPHUS HAILSTORKGreat Day (1999) –Scott Lamlein (r. 6/2/21)

Filler – ALCOCK (see Adam Pajan above)

A photo-enhanced history of the Great Music Hall Organ, its story on the website of its present-day curator, the Andover Organ Company, and a lavish photo-album of its present home, prepared by Len Levasseur of The NEO Press, can be found online.

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