PipeChat Digest #468 - Wednesday, July 29, 1998
 
Pomo D'Oro
  by "Bob Nickel" <rnickel@itol.com>
Spinets with 25 spinet pedals you can buy:
  by <TonyIn219@aol.com>
May be transferred: Any theatre organs in Vegas?
  by <TonyIn219@aol.com>
Was Peformance Anxiety: Playing blindfolded
  by <TonyIn219@aol.com>
Re: Spinets with 25 spinet pedals you can buy:
  by "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net>
Re: Was Peformance Anxiety: Playing blindfolded
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Organ experience and the changing times
  by "Sean Haley" <newgershwin@hotmail.com>
Theatre Organ Console for sale
  by "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@ameritech.net>
Re: Robin Richmond
  by "Jeff Groves[ATOS]" <jeff-atos-london@technologist.com>
Re: Organ experience and the changing times
  by <CHERCAPA@aol.com>
Re: Pomo D'Oro
  by "gordon king" <gwking@viconet.com>
Re: Organ experience and the changing times
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Spinets with 25 spinet pedals you can buy:
  by <ORGANUT@aol.com>
Orgelwerke programming for August, 1998
  by "Bonnie Beth Derby" <orge@dreamscape.com>
Re:  May be transferred: Any theatre organs in Vegas?
  by <LeeMalo@aol.com>
 


(back) Subject: Pomo D'Oro From: Bob Nickel <rnickel@itol.com> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 09:37:00 -0500   There is a sheet music reselling business in Florida by the name of Pomo D'Oro. The American Organist only lists a P. O. box address. Does anyone have a street address or a phone number? It would be helpful.   Respond privately, please.   Bob Nickel    
(back) Subject: Spinets with 25 spinet pedals you can buy: From: <TonyIn219@aol.com> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 10:41:05 EDT   Lowrey made, and makes spinets with 25 spinet pedals, as does Yamaha.   At $25,000 or more. Lowrey must make one helluva spinet. Maybe it has diamond key contacts or something.   John Carington Chesterton, Indiana  
(back) Subject: May be transferred: Any theatre organs in Vegas? From: <TonyIn219@aol.com> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 10:44:04 EDT   Just curious. My job may take me to Las Vegas, Nevada or its environs.   I've heard there are NO theater organs there. Is this true? I honestly don't think I could tolerate all that kitsch without one.   If there are theater organs in the area, how far out are they?   How much driving time?   This is important, as it will influence my decision on whether to take the job.   John Carington Chesterton, Indiana  
(back) Subject: Was Peformance Anxiety: Playing blindfolded From: <TonyIn219@aol.com> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 11:03:03 EDT   In high school, I entered a talent show in my senior year.   (CREMONA84000: It was Memorial High School in Houston.)   I wore a tux, tails and had two rococco (sp?) 8-candle candelabras with black candles on each side of the music rack of a nice Baldwin grand.   First, I played a novelty piece by Gottschalk called "The Banjo." The audience loved it. I followed it up with Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag.   Then, I pulled out a blindfold, covered my eyes, tied a muslin bag over my head and played Chopin's Polonaise in A-flat Major -- at tempo.   I won.   I've never had perfomance anxiety with crowds. I LOVE to play for crowds. But, I get shaky and sweaty playing for my organ teacher!   Go figure.   John Carington Chesterton, Indiana  
(back) Subject: Re: Spinets with 25 spinet pedals you can buy: From: "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 08:44:23 -0700   I used to work for a Lowrey dealer. I think they referred to the 25 pedal models as "console organs" or some such. They were funny looking, with 25 spinet-type pedals sticking out from under them. Gad, why not go the 2 more and have a 27 note quasi-real pedalboard?   Lowrey loads their organs with lots of goodies. They look like space shuttle instrument panels, with all the flashing lights and such.   Dennis Goward      
(back) Subject: Re: Was Peformance Anxiety: Playing blindfolded From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 12:07:15 -0400 (EDT)   John, Perhaps you should try covering your eyes and the muslin bag for your lessons! You know what we say in the south: ....."as long as it ain't tacky!"   :~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~: o o o _____bruce cornely_____ o o o o o o cremona84000@webtv.net o o o o o o ___ O a H g S o ___ o o o   Fierce in the woods, gentle in the house. -- Martial    
(back) Subject: Organ experience and the changing times From: "Sean Haley" <newgershwin@hotmail.com> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 12:33:14 PDT   Hi List!   I thought I would take a break from writing scores for a friend (who will be releasing his 1st CD soon) and respond to the very interesting threads that have been posted within the last week or so. To everyone that shared how they got "bitten" by the organ bug, THANK YOU! It's those kind of stories that us younger organists like to hear. As one who is going through the hard times in the organ and music scene in this area, it is nice to read such impressionable experiences that many of you on the list have had. Being the only young adult (18) organist in the area it is difficult trying to find people to relate to, which is why I love this list. To those young people that are kind of new to the list, like Emily, or those who are out there lurking, please post regularly. Us younger people like to hear from the other younger organists. I know that some of the adults enjoy it as well. I was very interested in the "lack of interest" threads as well as the other on the "changing times." Such similar topics have occurred before on the list but this is an interesting angle to approach it from. Everyone that had such marvelous organ experiences as a youth seem to be exposed at a young age. Some as early as 4. I think (and this is coming from a slightly less experienced person) that if we want the organ field, in both playing and building capacities, we need to get to the kids where they can be exposed to the organ and present all facets of the instrument so that youth will have one of those "memories that last a life time." The organ societies need to set there sights more on the future and gear things to attract young members. I read of many successful presentations given by many ATOS chapters to schools to expose them to the theatre organ. Does AGO do this on such a rigorous basis? The instruments as well need to attract a younger audience. Now this doesn't mean that every organ should have a MIDI sound module, or look like a Wurlitzer console, but does need to offer some variety tonally. Several years ago when I was about 10, just after I began taking piano, I was struck by the organ bug. In church I would no longer sing the hymns so I could hear what the organist was doing. When the console was left unlocked one Sunday I went over and switched the beast on. It was a new Rodgers with the LED illuminated stop tabs. I enjoyed watching the stop lights change when hitting a piston as much as I did listening to myself play the hymns I knew so well. Eight years, moving to a different area, performing in competitions, as well as playing several pipe organs and my church's older Rodgers, have passed since that first day I sat at the "cockpit" of my first organ. I have listened to many pipe organs on the radio and in live performances including the Mormon Tabernacle Aeolian-Skinner. Now that I will be going to college soon (where I intend to major in Piano and Organ performance) I will take all that I have learned from the past and this list, and look forward to what I hope will be an exciting future. Thanks everyone for the help and support you give others. And before I quit rambling on... TO ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE ( and those young at heart :-) ). There is a reason why the organ is called the "King of Instruments," not just any ordinary person can play it. Organists are a special breed of musician who take there profession and instrument seriously. And if there are any other youth considering organ/piano as a profession as I am, there's a world full of all kinds of organs out there waiting to be tamed by one who will continue the legacy of love into the next century. And on one final note ... Practice how you plan to perform, in life, and on stage. I think I have said enough now. Until I post again... Best Wishes To Everyone,   _____ | | Sean M. Haley / NWOrganer | | Organist,Pianist,Composer,Piano Tech. () ()..<newgershwin@hotmail.com>...........() () .............................................| | .............................................|___|     ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com  
(back) Subject: Theatre Organ Console for sale From: "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@ameritech.net> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 14:55:35 -0500   Josh wrote:   Just was wondering if anyone knew of a 2-3 manual theatre organ console. Doesn't matter what brand. I do not have a console and I hope to get one soon. It would be nice if it was in Southern California or the region. Thanks   Sorry this is not close to you but I'll send this just in case someone can use the information: (from the August 1998 Joliet Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts newsletter)   For Sale: Robert Morton 2 manual horseshoe console theatre organ console single bolster with 58 stop keys complete with 32 note pedal board, music rack and bench. The console is constructed from quarter-sawn oak and finished in a medium oak stain. This beautiful little console is perfect for a 5-6 rank residence pipe organ, with switching contained in the console. Console is available in Joliet, Il. Purchaser to remove from storage location. Price $400 or best offer. Contact Jim Stemke email: sonics408@aol.com   This is a great deal for a hobbyist as the Morton with the internal switches eliminates the need for a relay. My first organ had a Morton console and it really worked out well.   regards,   Jon  
(back) Subject: Re: Robin Richmond From: "Jeff Groves[ATOS]" <jeff-atos-london@technologist.com> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 21:14:26 +0100   Forwarded with J Leeming permission[COS - London] > -----Original Message----- > From: John Leeming [SMTP:john@leemingj.demon.co.uk] > Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 1998 1:31 PM > Subject: Robin Richmond > > I regret to have to report the death of Robin Richmond, one of Britain's > best-known and best-loved theatre organists, at the age of 85, on 26th > July. > > Robin was the first organist to bring the Hammond organ to Britain. In mo= re > recent times, through his radio program 'The Organist Entertains', he > was=A0largely responsible for the big surge in interest in the theatre > organ in the UK during the early 1970s. > > > He had been a much-respected and active President of The Cinema Organ > Society for the past three years. > > -- > John Leeming (London, UK). > > >  
(back) Subject: Re: Organ experience and the changing times From: <CHERCAPA@aol.com> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 16:17:33 EDT   Sean, Your letter was inspiring. I remember going through the same thing at about your age. I wound up taking lessons at the local college as the teacher I had said she couldn't teach me anymore, and I would need someone more experienced. Oh, those were the days. I wish you much luck and a ton of talent. Sincerely, Paul  
(back) Subject: Re: Pomo D'Oro From: "gordon king" <gwking@viconet.com> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 17:36:36 -0400   Bob,   The address is: Pomo D'Oro, PO Box 42, Venice, FL, 34284   I use them often.   Gordon King     ---------- > From: Bob Nickel <rnickel@itol.com> > To: pipechat@pipechat.org > Subject: Pomo D'Oro > Date: Tuesday, July 28, 1998 10:37 AM > > There is a sheet music reselling business in Florida by the name of Pomo > D'Oro. The American Organist only lists a P. O. box address. Does anyone > have a street address or a phone number? It would be helpful. > > Respond privately, please. > > Bob Nickel > > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org >  
(back) Subject: Re: Organ experience and the changing times From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 18:36:49 -0400 (EDT)     > Being the only young adult (18) organist in the > area it is difficult trying to find people to relate > to, which is why I love this list.   You have touched on one of the advantages I cultivated at an early age. As a child I was the "only" kid around interested in the pipe organ, so my principle associations were with adults. It was very helpful to learn how to be around older people and communicate with them. It helps a person mature quicker and acquire a presence necessary when working in churches. Being able to communicate with older people, or people older than you to be more correct, is very important. Go to AGO meetings and get acquainted. Don't be afraid to talk with the adults about the organ and share your ideas and experiences. Always remember, of course, that although all AGO members are equal, those older than you deserve courtesy and respect. I remember two times when I felt I had "made" it. At an AGO meeting, when chatting afterward (coincidentally) to the first organist I had ever heard play, he said, "Bruce, I think you've been around long enough to call me Wilbur." That meant so much to me. The other time I had returned from school and was visiting one of those organists who is a mentor/idol. After she finished the postlude, I said, "Hi, Ms Mac!" Her response, "You're a big boy now, call me Roz!" Those are times that live forever in the memory.   :~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~: o o o _____bruce cornely_____ o o o o o o cremona84000@webtv.net o o o o o o ___ O a H g S o ___ o o o   Fierce in the woods, gentle in the house. -- Martial    
(back) Subject: Re: Spinets with 25 spinet pedals you can buy: From: <ORGANUT@aol.com> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 18:44:36 EDT   John, Substitute the word "profit" in place of "spinet" and I think your statement will be more accurate.   Phil L.  
(back) Subject: Orgelwerke programming for August, 1998 From: "Bonnie Beth Derby" <orge@dreamscape.com> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 20:30:04 -0400   Greetings fellow chatters,   Here is the program listing for Orgelwerke, August, 1998 (Broadcast every Sunday night from 8pm to 9pm over WCNY-FM, Syracuse; WUNY-FM, Utica; and WJNY-FM, Watertown, New York).   Sunday, August 2nd: ``Historic recordings from Alexander Palace and Queen's Hall, London''. Recordings dating from the mid to late 1920s with organists George Thalben Ball, George D. Cunningham, Reginald Goss-Custard, J. Arthur Meale, Albert Schweitzer, and Marcel Dupre.   Sunday, August 9th: ``A summer serenade on the Spreckels organ in Balboa Park, San Diego''. Organist Margaret R. Evans plays selections of Widor, Vivaldi/Bach, Mendelssohn, Shearing, Mathias, Saint-Saens, and Vierne.   Sunday, August 16th: ``Pierre Cochereau at Saint Thomas Church, New York City''. Recorded in November, 1970, this was to be his final concert at St. Thomas. Music of Vierne, Dupre, and Cochereau will be included.   Sunday, August 23rd: ``Music of Johann Ludwig Krebs for solo instruments and organ''. Peter Hurford at the organ of Gloucester Cathedral playing Chorales and Fantasias for several solo instruments and organ.   Sunday, August 30th: ``Memories of the Landmark Wurlitzer''. A recording of the former Wurlitzer Theatre organ - once located in the Landmark Theatre - formerly Loewe's State Theatre - in Syracuse, New York. Organists Carleton James and Luella Wickham perform.   Regards,   Bonnie Beth Derby Syracuse, New York orge@dreamscape.com                          
(back) Subject: Re: May be transferred: Any theatre organs in Vegas? From: <LeeMalo@aol.com> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 23:05:21 EDT   Dear John:   The only theatre organ I know of in Vegas is owned by Phil Maloof. It is installed in his home - not quite up to San Filippios, but VERY nice. It was originally the Granada Barton from Kansas City, Kansas -- many recordings were made on the instrument including Bob Ralston, Kay McAbee, Jim Riggs, etc.   Phil also bought the remains of the Chicago Stadium Barton after it burned last year. He has completely restored the console and it looks better than ever. I was there in May and played it -- it still needs some refinement, but is definitely a big sound. The Stadium console now controls the Granada pipework and the Granada console is a slave for duets. They are going to add a 17 rank classical exposed division to the instrument. It is very interesting.   Phil also owns the Roxy Kimball (5 manual) that was recently installed in the Ramada in Albuquerque and has removed it and is planning on installing it in a new casino his family is building in Vegas. My ex teacher, Kay McAbee is his staff organist.   From what they tell me, that's all there is in Vegas - you'd have to go to Phoenix or LA to catch anymore.   I am out there every so often and can always get you in to see the organ at Phils if you're planning a trip out there.   Hope you don't leave Chicago.   I am in Japan still. Write me back if you get time.   Lee