PipeChat Digest #1114 - Wednesday, October 13, 1999
 
Composers' Dates (was Fl. P.)
  by <Trackerbkr@aol.com>
Organ Restoration
  by "Kaiser, M - Lancee, T" <lankai@netrover.com>
Song quest
  by "Sue Smith" <SueSmith@Imagine.com>
Saturday's RTOS Concert Stars Len Rawle (cross-posted)
  by "Ken Evans" <kevans1@rochester.rr.com>
 


(back) Subject: Composers' Dates (was Fl. P.) From: Trackerbkr@aol.com Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 08:31:41 EDT   Here is a nifty web site from the Wash. U. music library in St. Louis to assist recital programmers with birth and death years:   <A HREF=3D"http://library.wustl.edu/Units/Music/necro/">Washington = University in St. Louis - Gaylord Music Library - Necrology</A>   Laurie Ryan  
(back) Subject: Organ Restoration From: "Kaiser, M - Lancee, T" <lankai@netrover.com> Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 09:10:16 -0500   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------=3D_NextPart_000_0010_01BF1491.996AF400 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   When I started as Organist -Director of Music at St. Cuthbert's Anglican = =3D Church, Toronto, Ontario, almost three years ago, I was faced with an =3D organ that, for various reasons had been neglected. I had started with = =3D a good working realtionship with the Priest and asked his permission to = =3D have the organ evaluated. With his permission, I contacted four firms =3D and, after reading the proposals, decided one firm had presented the =3D most musical, sensible, sensitive and cost-effective document. At this = =3D point, I recommended this firm, with reasons for doing so, to the =3D Priest and Church Wardens. The next step was to get support from the =3D choir and parishioners. I explained in detail to the choir what work =3D needed to be done, the reasons for it and the cost involved. They =3D enthusiastically adopted the organ project; we have had three =3D (preparing for the fourth) concerts of Broadway music, with all proceeds = =3D to the Organ Restoration Fund. In addition, I wrote a series of =3D articles for the parish newsletter descibing the work needed and the =3D reasons for it, always explaining in simple terms words or phrases we =3D all know, from console to rank to voicing, etc. And I made myself =3D available to talk with anyone interested. During this time only one =3D person asked about the advisability of an electronic digitally-sampled =3D instrument. With the replacement value of the organ in excess of =3D $620,000.00, the cost of the restoration of $162,000.00 is simply good =3D stewardship and good musical sense. As planned, the work will commence = =3D after Easter Day. Regarding console work: our console is going to be =3D rebuilt, with the shell, manuals and pedals retained. All inner =3D workings will be state-of-the-art. This is, by the way, not the =3D original console, but a poor choice from the 1960's. By going this =3D route, we are saving tens of thousands of dollars more than a new =3D console would cost. Effective communication is the key. I firmly =3D believe that a parish will support a project like this if it explained =3D in terms they can understand. Explanation has to be reasoned and =3D forward-thinking; i.e., it is not for me alone, it is for generations =3D who come after all of us; it will ensure that competent musicians will = =3D apply for vacancies; it will ensure that music for the glory of God is = =3D made and that the organ will inspire the songs of God's people. =3D20 =3D20 Michael H. Kaiser, Organist and Director of Music, St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario =3D20   ------=3D_NextPart_000_0010_01BF1491.996AF400 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD W3 HTML//EN"> <HTML> <HEAD>   <META content=3D3Dtext/html;charset=3D3Diso-8859-1 =3D http-equiv=3D3DContent-Type> <META content=3D3D'"MSHTML 4.72.3110.7"' name=3D3DGENERATOR> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=3D3D#ffffff> <DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>When I started as Organist -Director of Music at St. = =3D   Cuthbert's Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario, almost three years ago, I = =3D was=3D20 faced with an organ that, for various reasons had been neglected.&nbsp; = =3D I had=3D20 started with a good working realtionship with the Priest and asked = his=3D20 permission to have the organ evaluated.&nbsp; With his permission, I =3D contacted=3D20 four firms and, after reading the proposals, decided one firm had =3D presented the=3D20 most musical, sensible, sensitive and cost-effective document.&nbsp; At = =3D this=3D20 point, I recommended this firm, with reasons for doing so,&nbsp; to the = =3D Priest=3D20 and Church Wardens.&nbsp; The next step was to get support from the =3D choir and=3D20 parishioners.&nbsp; I explained in detail to the choir what work needed = =3D to be=3D20 done, the reasons for it and the cost involved.&nbsp; They =3D enthusiastically=3D20 adopted the organ project;&nbsp; we have had three (preparing for the =3D fourth)=3D20 concerts of Broadway music, with all proceeds to the Organ = Restoration=3D20 Fund.&nbsp; In addition, I wrote a series of articles for the parish =3D newsletter=3D20 descibing the work needed and the reasons for it, always explaining in =3D simple=3D20 terms words or phrases we all know, from console to rank to voicing, =3D etc.&nbsp;=3D20 And I made myself available to talk with anyone interested.&nbsp; During = =3D this=3D20 time only one person asked about the advisability of an electronic=3D20 digitally-sampled instrument.&nbsp; With the replacement value of the =3D organ in=3D20 excess of $620,000.00, the cost of the restoration of $162,000.00 is =3D simply good=3D20 stewardship and good musical sense.&nbsp; As planned, the work will =3D commence=3D20 after Easter Day.&nbsp; </FONT><FONT color=3D3D#000000 = size=3D3D2>Regarding =3D console=3D20 work:&nbsp; our console is going to be rebuilt, with the shell, manuals = =3D and=3D20 pedals retained.&nbsp; All inner workings will be =3D state-of-the-art.&nbsp; This=3D20 is,&nbsp; by the way, not the original console, but a poor choice from =3D the=3D20 1960's.&nbsp; By going this route, we are saving tens of thousands of =3D dollars=3D20 more than a new console would cost.&nbsp; Effective communication is the = =3D key. I=3D20 firmly believe that a parish will support a project like this if it =3D explained in=3D20 terms they can understand.&nbsp; Explanation has to be reasoned and=3D20 forward-thinking; i.e., it is not for me alone, it is for generations =3D who come=3D20 after all of us;&nbsp; it will ensure that competent musicians will =3D apply for=3D20 vacancies;&nbsp; it will ensure that music for the glory of God is made = =3D and that=3D20 the organ will inspire the songs of God's people.&nbsp; </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT color=3D3D#000000 size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>Michael H. Kaiser,</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>Organist and Director of Music,</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church,</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>Toronto, Ontario</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV></DIV></BODY></HTML>   ------=3D_NextPart_000_0010_01BF1491.996AF400--    
(back) Subject: Song quest From: "Sue Smith" <SueSmith@Imagine.com> Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 10:25:56 -0400   I am the organist at a suburban UCC church here in Connecticut. Our children's choir director presented me with a cassette tape of a piece = that she would like me to accompany the children on for christmas. I have searched my usual resources (Pepper, other music sites) and cannot find = any music.Any help would be appreciated:   The carol is "God is Born". It appeared on a cassette tape of "Carols for Christmas" performed by the Bruce Mitchell [Children's] Choir.   Thanks, Pipechatters!   S.D.G. Sue Smith   =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D Susan K. Smith, Organist & Webmaster Avon Congregational Church Avon, CT Austin 2M/8R www.avon-church.org www.smith-lawfirm.com suesmith@smith-lawfirm.com =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D      
(back) Subject: Saturday's RTOS Concert Stars Len Rawle (cross-posted) From: "Ken Evans" <kevans1@rochester.rr.com> Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 17:58:15 -0400   The Rochester Theater Organ Society, Inc. wants to remind you that England's famous theater organist Len Rawle will be at the console of our 4/22 Wurlitzer this Saturday, October 16th at 8 p.m. This event will take place at the Auditorium Center, 875 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605. Tickets at only $10 each will go on sale at the Box Office 1 hour before = the concert.   Len Rawle has played our Wurlitzer 6 times previously and has been a favorite with Rochester audiences since his first presentation here in = 1974. Often called the "Rembrandt of the Organ," he is well known for his = skillful use of a theater pipe organs' many tonal colors to paint his wonderful musical arrangements. Len was featured at the recent 1999 ATOS Annual Convention in England.   Len Rawle will conduct a master class at the 4/22 on Sunday afternoon, October 17th at 1 p.m. Admission to the class is only $5 per person. = This will conclude a wonderful weekend Wurlitzer experience.   More information, driving directions and Len's biography can be found at http://theatreorgans.com/rochestr/ . Join the crowd and experience a first-class theater pipe organ happening this coming weekend!   Regards, Ken Evans, RTOS Director