Author Archives: Joe Vitacco

Cologne Cathedral Germany

May 19, 2011 After leaving the Pipedreams Tour group off in Bremen I took a train to Cologne. It was interesting to look out the window and see the changes in the cities and architecture as the train went south, … Continue reading

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Contract signed to reinstall the Kilgen Organ at Our Lady of Refuge in Brooklyn, New York

  The Crew from Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. lower the console frame at Our Lady of Refuge in Brooklyn Fr. Michael Perry, the Pastor of Our Lady of Refuge Church recently signed a six-part contract with Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. … Continue reading

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Four Hymns Four Pipe Organs at the Organ Historical Society Convention – Washington DC

From June 27 to July 2 of 2011 the Organ Historical Society (OHS) met in the Washington DC area to hear recitals on 27 modern and historic pipe organs. Some pipe organs that have not played for years are made … Continue reading

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Repairs to organ chambers and tower at Our Lady of Refuge

Water leaked into the organ chambers as a result of the weakened exterior pointing of the brick.  This posed a serious threat to the Kilgen pipe organ and did damage to the interior of the chamber walls, as well as … Continue reading

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Day 11 Pipedreams Tour (Verden, Ganderkesee, Bremen)

Day 11 – Wednesday, May 18, 2011 The final day of our tour It is hard to believe that I have been with this group for 11 days looking at pipe organs all over Northern Germany. Our final day began … Continue reading

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Diapason’s Review of Faythe Freese CD JAV 173

Faythe Freese à l’Orgue de l’Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris: Works of Hakim, Guilmant, Langlais, Messiaen, Tournemire. Faythe Freese, organ. JAV Recordings, JAV 173, $25.00; To Call My True Love to My Dance (2008), Naji Hakim; Caprice from Pièces dans … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Refuge in Brooklyn gets new organ loft ceiling

  Our Lady of Refuge hired Clayton Acoustics Group to conduct an acoustical study of the church, but the parish was not able to carry out the comprehensive upgrade plan to the entire church. While scaffolding was in place in … Continue reading

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Tom Winpenny

I began learning the organ whilst I was a chorister at York Minster, studying under John Scott Whiteley. I had played the piano from a young age, so it was probably inevitable that I became fascinated by the organ music … Continue reading

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Day 10 Pipedreams Tour (Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Grasberg, Lilienthal, Bremen)

Day 10 – Tuesday, May 17, 2011   We left Cuxhaven and the North Sea coast early this morning, beginning the long drive inland to the Bremen area and our last hotel. The first organ today was in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, at … Continue reading

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Day 9 Pipedreams Tour (Petrikirche, Stade, Twielenfleth)

Day 9 – Monday – May 16, 2011 Rain is in the forecast for the day. Petrikirche – a brand new organ by Woehl in French romantic style, with many beautiful 8 foot stops. This is the 3rd in this … Continue reading

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