At the Abbey #2201
. . . to enhance the instrument’s versatility and impact, Martin Pasi recently completed a 47-rank addition to the historic 64-rank 1961 Holtkamp pipe organ.at at St. John’s Benedictine Abbey in Collegeville, MN.
Filler – REGER: Toccata (see above)
In addition to an extended conversation with Michael Barone Barone, Martin Pasi, and Father Robert Koopman, you can watch these performances (beginning at +1:08:30) in an extended Youtube video recorded during the inaugural concert on the expanded Holtkamp-Pasi organ (r. 9/19/21).
Filler – MORRIS: Hymn (see above)
The full Evensong Service and Solemn Blessing of the Holtkamp-Pasi organ (9/18/21) can be viewed on YouTube. A performance by Brother Jacob Berns, presented on the 59th anniversary of the initial Holtkamp organ’s inaugural concert (12/7/1961), features works by deGrigny and Bach, plus Widor’s Symphonie Romane , which appears in Pipedreams Program #2129, as well as on YouTube (12/7/2020). The first public airing of the Holtkamp-Pasi organ was during a hymn festival accompanied by guest organist Bill Chouinard (11/13/20).
Nothing is better than hearing this instrument ‘live’, and the Saint John’s Abbey calendar lists a number of events in January and February 2022.
A brief historical reflection: the presence of the original Holtkamp instrument, located within the splendid and reverberant Abbey Church designed by Marcel Breuer, played an important role in Michael Barone’s decision in 1968 to accept an appointment as Music Director of the University’s fledgling broadcast facility, KSJR-FM. That station served as the springboard for what today is the Minnesota Public Radio network and American Public Media, by which he is still employed. In 1970 Barone initiated The Organ Program on the MPR network which forty years ago became the nationally-syndicated program PIPEDREAMS. The first PIPEDREAMS broadcast, part of a limited series of 14 initial programs, was offered in national syndication in January 1982.
Continuing 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 Kegg Pipe Organ Builders of Hartville, OH, and Letourneau Organs Ltd. of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, 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.