Author Archives: Joe Vitacco

Don’t Lament what people say you can’t do | Restore a pipe organ like a champion today!

Many people lament the beautiful things made by past generations that could be returned to their former beauty if funding existed. How often do you hear people say we don’t manufacture things like we once did in the USA. This … Continue reading

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Daniel Roth plays Widor Symphonies No. 5 & No. 6 on the Cavaille-Coll pipe organ at Saint-Sulpice

Daniel Roth is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s leading interpreters of French Romantic Organ Literature today. He is the titular organist of Saint-Sulpice in Paris where his predecessors were the who’s who of French organ composers and organists: Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel … Continue reading

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Day Eight Pipe Dreams Tour of Pipe Organs in Spain – Lerma, Burgos

Day 8, we left Burgos early Tuesday May 21 for a short drive to Lerma Spain to hear two famous pipe organs then on to Madrid. The first church we visited was the Collegiate Church of San Pedro in Lerma, … Continue reading

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Day Seven Pipe Dreams Tour of Pipe Organs in Spain – Burgos

On Day Seven of the Pipe Dreams Tour of Pipe Organs in Spain, we had bags out at 7am and the bus was rolling to Burgos at 9am. Burgos was founded 854 AD, it is a city of about 200,000 … Continue reading

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Day Six Pipe Dreams Tour of Pipe Organs in Spain – More Basque Country Organs

Well it has almost been a week and a group of organists have been traveling and looking at the best new and very old pipe organs in Spain. It was Pentecost Sunday and I had hoped to hear some terrific … Continue reading

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Day Five Pipe Dreams Tour of Pipe Organs in Spain – Basque Country

The previous day started in Mallorca and now we are in Bilbao on our tour of  pipe organs in Spain. It is cold and raining, just yesterday it was bright and sunny. Our first stop today was a short distance … Continue reading

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Day Four Pipe Dreams Tour of Pipe Organs in Spain – Island of Palma de Mallorca

Day four of the Pipe Dreams Tour started on the beautiful Island of Palma de Mallorca. Everyone else was heading to the beach in this tropical paradise, but NO not the group of 40 American organists–we were heading off to … Continue reading

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Day Three Pipe Dreams Tour of Pipe Organs in Spain: A Second day in Barcelona

Day three of the Pipe Dreams Tour was the group’s second day in Barcelona. Our first stop of the day demonstrated the wide breath of the Grenzing workshop – the restoration of a 1907 E. F. Walcker in the Palau … Continue reading

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Day Two of the Pipe Dreams Tour of Pipe Organs in Spain: Barcelona

Day two of the Pipe Dreams Tour was our first full day in Barcelona, the group got up early and drove into the mountains of Montserrat. The drive was through incredible rock formations up steep and winding roads to a … Continue reading

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Day One of the Pipe Dreams Tour of Pipe Organs in Spain

The entire group of forty American pipe organ enthusiasts arrived in Spain today for the start of the Pipe Dreams Tour. We settled into our hotel in downtown Barcelona and visited Gerhard Grenzing Organbuilder. The company was founded by Gerhard … Continue reading

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