The Auditorium Organ (Encore of #1044) #2232
…a celebration of the iconic 1959 Aeolian-Skinner instrument in the Auditorium of the Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri, with comments from Jan Kraybill and the late John Obetz.
Filler – DUPRÉ (see above)
Filler – WRIGHT (see above)
A superb example of the American Classic tonal ideal of the mid twentieth century, the Auditorium Organ was built by Aeolian-Skinner in 1959, and it remains perhaps the most prominent of the firm’s installations from that period. Aeolian-Skinner President Joseph Whiteford, working with an initial design and specification from his predecessor, the late G. Donald Harrison, evolved the instrument’s final 113-rank specification with 6,334 individual pipes in consultation with prominent pedagogues Harold Gleason and Catharine Crozier. The organ is famous for its dramatic visual presence, with a dynamic display of exposed pipework including a towering 32′ pedal register and the powerful antiphonal trompette en chamade. Recordings used: Crozier (Fleur de Lis 0601); Obetz (RBW 01, 02, 10); Kraybill (JK 401)
PIPEDREAMS is supported in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Wesley C. Dudley by their family, by grants from Walter McCarthy, Clara Ueland, and the Greystone Foundation, the Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund of the HRK Foundation, by Jan and Steve Kirchner, and by listener-contributors to this public radio station. Additional support comes from Solid State Organ Systems of Alexandria, VA, and Syndyne Corporation of Vancouver, WA, 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. A resource guide and member prospectus is available at APOBA.COM.