PipeChat Digest #3653 - Monday, May 5, 2003
 
Re: Posing a question
  by "Nelson Denton" <ndenton@cogeco.ca>
Re: Tornado
  by "Sand Lawn" <glawn@jam.rr.com>
Lance Luce Plays RTOS Wurlitzer on May 10 (cross-posted)
  by "Kenneth Evans" <kevans1@rochester.rr.com>
Re: Ooops!
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
DIANE MEREDITH BELCHER
  by "D. Keith Morgan" <aeolian_skinner@yahoo.com>
Re: Anything interesting for Mother's Day
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Pehr Schiorlin - Swedish organ
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Felix Hell/Silbermann experience
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: EUROPE and USA : Organ Builders of quality
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: EUROPE and USA : Organ Builders of quality
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Anything interesting for Mother's Day
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Re: Bach, meantone, sausage wrap, and Schmieder
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Tornado
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
Re: Tornados
  by <ProOrgo53@aol.com>
Kansas City Tornado
  by <ProOrgo53@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Posing a question From: "Nelson Denton" <ndenton@cogeco.ca> Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 14:09:07 -0400   Sorry for the delay in replying, but life in my neck of the woods has been very busy. There are many possible routes to go with this project.     1:Repairing your existing console "As built."   This is indeed possible on most cases to repair your existing hardware. = The combination action is the most likely part of the console to fail due to broken levers and blown pneumatics. Both can be repaired and or replaced. Casavant does indeed carry replacement parts for most of their organs = from this period and in any case replacement parts can be fashioned by many organbuilders - it's not that hard to make the parts.   The disadvantage here is that you will still be working with 75 year old technology and a very limited specification. Additional controls and drawknobs would not be possible at this time except with considerable effort.   2: Replacement of just the combination action.   In many case a Casavant console will last almost forever. The keyboards = and coupler actions are probably the most reliable systems ever produced. This system may or may not need to be repaired and or replaced. The couplers/keyboards are independent of the combination action.   The combination action can be removed separately from the rest of the console. Replacement of the wing terraces(batwings) would probably be in order due to the fact that it is some extra work to retrofit new electric drawknob actions to the existing mechanical drawknobs.   Additional controls and drawknobs can be added at this time with little effort.   The down- time needed to do this work is also something that needs to be considered. The disadvantages are that the console would still be partly new and = partly old and would still have some 75 year old air operated devices in it.     3: Complete gutting and replacement of the console action.   This involves much more work and down time. You may or may not wish to replace the keyboards. If they are in good condition they should be = reused. However in many cases here in Ontario we have come across idiots who = oiled and greased the keyboard pins which rendered them useless!! The wood was ruined.   Additional controls and drawknobs can be added at this time with little effort.   Casavant consoles of this period and later almost always came with a solid maple frame structure and removable casework. In both cases it's possible = to reuse the shell and frame. A considerable savings in time and material especially if the console is a highly decorated one that matches the existing church furnishings. Consoles can be refinished and Casavants are easy to do since they come apart into sections.   A complete new frame can also be built for the inside of the existing = shell. This is a time saver if you wish to keep the organ in operation at all times.   4: A new console or a used console.   You can look at having a new console built or purchasing a used console. This may require a lot of expense and search work. The advantages is that you are getting something new that will have everything you want - but at = a cost.     In any case do your homework. There are many "SALESMEN" out there who will try to talk you into spending tons of money on all sorts of unnecessary upgrades and expensive options and even "new organs, since yours is 75 = years old it must be junked!"   That's BS!!! As any tracker-backer on the list will tell you.   There are allot of fast talkers and smooth operators out there who will = sell you anything. including some sales represenitives of major builders who will sweet talk you with all sorts of bribes and promotions.   Get your quotes in writing and be specific in what you want and need. = Every builder will offer something different and many will honestly have = differing views and different work ethics. It's your job to met with everyone more than once and sort out the apples from the lemons.   There are some good people out there but there are also some real scam artists posing as reliable builders. I've seen some nasty horror stories about churches who went with a "famous organ company" only to get 3rd rate work from their sales rep. In one recent case that I just saw. The used organ was a fine older example of a major builder which was installed for over $125,000 in a very simple straight forward installation. The console was installed without even being cleaned or having the pedalboard washed!! The dents and scratches from years of use are still there. Considering = the fact that the console is the only part of the organ seen by the = congregation this seems unforgivably sloppy workmanship on the part of the installer.   The other bidders on the project had suggested refinishing the console as part of the installation among other extra work. Somebody didn't read = their contract proposals!   These same bunch of guys go about trying to talk every church they see = into scrapping the organs in favour of "new" ones. Including a few historical ones made by top Canadian builders that are priceless examples of the art = of 19th century organbuilding much to every organist's horror.   I guess that explains why very few organs from the parent firm are sold in this area. Which is very sad considering the fine quality of the parent company's work.     Time to get down off my high horse and back to my saw horses.   Nelson                             ----- Original Message ----- From: "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com> To: "pipechat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2003 7:22 AM Subject: Posing a question     > There is a lovely gem of a pipe organ here in Worcester, a 1928 > Casavant-Freres 3 manual with 33 ranks and 29 stops. It is in the rear > balcony of a very large sanctuary space with excellent acoustics, = divided > case with the console in the middle front of a large balcony. > The organ has EP action with ventil chests. Maintenance work has been > ongoing. > And the organ is in good condition, except for the original and very > limited > combination stop action. > This combination action is contained in a box inside the console and > operates > pneumatically. There are 3 toe-set Generals and a Grand Jeu, plus = between > 2 & 4 general pistons per manual. Four for the Recit (Swell), 3 on the > Great, > and 2 each for the Positif (Choir) and Pedale. > The console is bat-wing with drawknobs, and > the coupler tabs are above the Swell manual, including Octave and Grave > couplers for the 3 divisions. > We are looking for viable options in repairing/replacing the combination > action while maintaining the originality and integrity of this = instrument, > which has never been altered, with the single exception of the Great > Trumpet which was replaced with new pipes about 30 years ago. > This pipe organ is used in an occasional concert besides being played = for > two > weekend Masses plus funerals and weddings on a regular basis. > > Judy Ollikkala > > "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: Tornado From: "Sand Lawn" <glawn@jam.rr.com> Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 11:05:44 -0500   Apparently, St. Mary's RC was one of the few buildings that was still standing in Pierce City, MO. It sustained only minor damage. It = contained a 1890's Felgemaker of two manuals and eight ranks.   SL    
(back) Subject: Lance Luce Plays RTOS Wurlitzer on May 10 (cross-posted) From: "Kenneth Evans" <kevans1@rochester.rr.com> Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 21:56:54 -0400   This coming Saturday evening, May 10 at 8 PM Lance Luce will once again perform at the Auditorium Center, 875 East Main Street, Rochester, NY = 14605. Lance will entertain us with a wide range of popular theater organ music on our 4/23 Wurlitzer. Tickets are only $10 each at the door.   Much information about the artist, the 4/23, driving directions to the concert, pictures and much more may be found at http://theatreorgans.com/rochestr/ .   FYI, Rochester is hosting its famous Lilac Festival from May 9 - 18. Festival information is available at: http://www.lilacfestival.com/ . Plan to attend both events for a very wonderful experience.   Ken Evans, RTOS Director    
(back) Subject: Re: Ooops! From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 22:00:41 -0400   On 5/5/03 9:28 PM, "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:   > It was, of course, Marcussen of Denmark. > You see? Trust them Lutherans every tme.   (Grasping for whatever there is.)   Alan      
(back) Subject: DIANE MEREDITH BELCHER From: "D. Keith Morgan" <aeolian_skinner@yahoo.com> Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 13:14:47 -0700 (PDT)   Does anyone have the e-mail address for Diane Meredith Belcher?   D. Keith Morgan   __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? The New Yahoo! Search - Faster. Easier. Bingo. http://search.yahoo.com  
(back) Subject: Re: Anything interesting for Mother's Day From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 18:19:20 EDT     --part1_8f.2c961180.2be83d68_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 5/4/2003 10:38:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time, nickgood@ix.netcom.com writes:   > Any interesting ideas for Mother's day.     "Reflection" by Frank Asper (organist of Mormon Tabernacle when he wrote =   it; it was written for his mother)   Ave Maria (and) Regina Caeli (from Chant - Easter/Pentecost) Charles Callahan       Bruce, with Miles, Molly and Degui in the Muttastery at Howling Acres http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502     --part1_8f.2c961180.2be83d68_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D2 = FAMILY=3D3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D =3D3D"Arial" LANG=3D3D"0">In a message dated 5/4/2003 10:38:37 PM Eastern = Daylig=3D ht Time, nickgood@ix.netcom.com writes:=3D20 <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3D3DCITE style=3D3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-=3D LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">Any interesting ideas for = M=3D other's day.</FONT><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3D3 = FAMILY=3D3D"SERIF" FACE=3D =3D3D"Times New Roman" LANG=3D3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3D2 FAMILY=3D3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D3D"Ar=3D ial" LANG=3D3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <BR>"Reflection" by Frank Asper &nbsp;&nbsp;(organist of Mormon Tabernacle = w=3D hen he wrote it; it was written for his mother)=3D20 <BR> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3D3 FAMILY=3D3D"SERIF" = FACE=3D3D"Times=3D20=3D New Roman" LANG=3D3D"0">Ave Maria (and) Regina Caeli &nbsp;&nbsp;(from = Chant -=3D Easter/Pentecost) Charles Callahan=3D20 <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3D2 FAMILY=3D3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D3D"Ar=3D ial" LANG=3D3D"0"> <BR> <BR> <BR>Bruce, with Miles, Molly and Degui &nbsp;in the Muttastery at Howling = Ac=3D res http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502 = &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <BR></FONT></HTML>   --part1_8f.2c961180.2be83d68_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Pehr Schiorlin - Swedish organ From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 22:51:13 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   I was reviewing my old LP collection and, in the process, came across two fascinating pieces of vinyl. The first I have mentioned previously, which is a part spoken and part organ performance on the organ of the ex-Trocadero Cavaille-Coll, when it was re-installed by Gonzalez in the Palais de C (I don't know how to spell the last word!)   However, of far greater interest to me personally, is a simply superb disc produced in Sweden, of which I must create a personal DAT or CD copy.   The organ, in Gammalkil church, Sweden, is especially interesting, in that it was built 1806 by Pehr Schiorlin, with the clear influence of Abbe Vogler in evidence.   What fascinates me about this instrument is the rather dark, sombre tone and remarkable clarity, in spite of tierce mixtures. It seems to fall tonally between the Baroque and the Romantic, but more importantly, appears to work well in an acoustic which is not over-generous.   The organist is Rune Engso, and the recording was made by BIS as LP-27.   I woinder if this is of interest to the OHS, and whether, in fact, it is actually available.   A truly fascinating and unusually musical instrument, I would commend this recording to anyone.....if it is available!   Oddly enough, it is a sound which falls somewhere in the vicinity of what William Hill and Snetzler achieved in the UK, and yet, it has a more robust quality.   Pipe voicers would benefit from listening to this fine instrument.   Anyone know more about the builder or anything which has happened to the organ since the recording was made, back in 1980?   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK                                           S     __________________________________________________ Yahoo! Plus For a better Internet experience http://www.yahoo.co.uk/btoffer  
(back) Subject: Felix Hell/Silbermann experience From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 23:11:41 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   And I missed the e-mail from Felix Hell about the Silbermann organ he played. (French classical organs with a decent Pedal department)   I think it is the measure of a true organist/musician that, like the violinist first holding a Stradivarius, there is a feeling of overwhelming awe.   I recall trembling when I first sat at the Bavo organ in Holland; and as the time came to leave, there were tears streaming down my face!!   Funny, the Schnitger and the Cavaille-Coll never had the same effect.   I wonder if Felix has played/performed on the Holzhay at Rot-en-der-Rot or on the Riepp at Otterburn?   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK   (Who has never played a Silbermann)   --- Hell-Felix@t-online.de wrote:   I can't resist to > report, that I > recently > had the privilege to perform on a r e a l > Andreas-Silbermann organ in > Marmoutier/Alsace.   __________________________________________________ Yahoo! Plus For a better Internet experience http://www.yahoo.co.uk/btoffer  
(back) Subject: Re: EUROPE and USA : Organ Builders of quality From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 22:57:45 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   I don't know whay I overlooked this particular e-mail, but I had to chuckle a little at the Flentrop question.   Historically significant?   Well, I should say so, considering that Flentrop restored St.Bavo, Haarlem!!   :)   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK --- "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> wrote: > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: <TubaMagna@aol.com>   > > Flentrop was considered IMPORTANT forty-five > years ago, but was the > firm's > > work ever considered great? > > I would say that the firm's work very definitely was > considered great, > especially so far as the USA is concerned their > earlier work such as the > Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard.     __________________________________________________ Yahoo! Plus For a better Internet experience http://www.yahoo.co.uk/btoffer  
(back) Subject: Re: EUROPE and USA : Organ Builders of quality From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 23:19:56 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   Another one I overlooked....Easter and all that.   John Foss mentions Goetze and Gwynne, who installed a very interesting organ in Sheffield here in the UK.   What fascinated me about this organ was not so much the rather good sound, but the immaculate workmanship. I have never seen a better finish INSIDE an organ, and the dovetailing and wooden joints were absolute perfection.   It's not the sort of thing which normally grabs the attention, but their work at Sheffield certainly did mine.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK     John Foss wrote:-     I would > suggest as a starting point the following European > builders: > UK > Harrison & Harrison > J W Walker & Sons > N P Mander > Goetze and Gwynn > Kenneth Tickell >   __________________________________________________ Yahoo! Plus For a better Internet experience http://www.yahoo.co.uk/btoffer  
(back) Subject: Re: Anything interesting for Mother's Day From: "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 22:21:05 -0500   > This message is in MIME format. Since your mail reader does not = understand this format, some or all of this message may not be legible.   --MS_Mac_OE_3135018065_3221980_MIME_Part Content-type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-transfer-encoding: 7bit   on 5/5/03 5:19 PM, Cremona502@cs.com at Cremona502@cs.com wrote:   In a message dated 5/4/2003 10:38:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time, nickgood@ix.netcom.com writes:   Any interesting ideas for Mother's day.   "For My Mother," vocal solo by Albert Hay Malotte, of paternoster fame. = My singer found it at an estate sale. A lovely piece of schmaltz!     Randy Runyon Music Director Zion Lutheran Church Hamilton, Ohio runyonr@muohio.edu       --MS_Mac_OE_3135018065_3221980_MIME_Part Content-type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML> <HEAD> <TITLE>Re: Anything interesting for Mother's Day</TITLE> </HEAD> <BODY> on 5/5/03 5:19 PM, Cremona502@cs.com at Cremona502@cs.com wrote:<BR> <BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><FONT SIZE=3D3D"2"><FONT FACE=3D3D"Arial">In a message dated = 5/4/2003 1=3D 0:38:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time, nickgood@ix.netcom.com writes: <BR> <BR> Any interesting ideas for Mother's day.<BR> </FONT></FONT></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> &quot;For My Mother,&quot; vocal solo by Albert Hay Malotte, of = paternoster=3D fame. &nbsp;My singer found it at an estate sale. &nbsp;A lovely piece of = s=3D chmaltz!<BR> <BR> <BR> Randy Runyon<BR> Music Director<BR> Zion Lutheran Church<BR> Hamilton, Ohio<BR> runyonr@muohio.edu<BR> <BR> </BODY> </HTML>     --MS_Mac_OE_3135018065_3221980_MIME_Part--    
(back) Subject: Re: Bach, meantone, sausage wrap, and Schmieder From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 03:23:12 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   Your research stinks!   My Mother came from a long line of jam makers who had continental "runners" who stole, borrowed (but never returned) and who were even known to occasionally purchase old manuscript paper where their favours and advances were rejected.   The 256 Chorale Preludes have their very own catalogue system.   St 2 - 608 A & B 1,5, & 135 Gb 77 - 78/ 1491 - 1493 D 1025/ 1070-79   (It has been confirmed that the catalogue prefixes refer to flavours ie:- St (Strawberry) A & B (Apple and Blackberry) Gb (Gooseberry) D (Damson)   It was a Yorkshire music historian, Seth Spitter, (not to be confused with THE Spitta) who discovered the awful truth of all this, and passed the fragments to Arthur Sullivan by way of the morning "milk train" to London. Unfortunately, on re-assembly and in spite of painstaking reconstruction such as Seth Spitter was incapable, the acid effects of the jam had taken their toll and only mere fragments of the Chorale Preludes coud be made out. Nevertheless, the valuable material gave Arthur Sullivan the counterpoint he needed and, of course, the inspiration for the "The lost chord".   In fact, "The lost chord" turned up in America, where it fell into the hands of Scott-Joplin, only to be expounded and worked upon as a stride bass number we now know as "Pineapple Rag".   There is the vague possibility that a much smaller fragment ended up in the Shetland Isles in the Pottinger household, and became a little known fiddle tune.   Historians now believe that the various "Pineapple" works and the unfinished 256 Chorale Preludes are, in fact, one and the same.   FOOTNOTE: The fact that no catalogue prefix can be deduced as referring to "Blueberry", suggests that the Yale documents may be fake.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK     --- lindr@cch.com wrote: > > > > > > I find it troubulous that Bach's unparalleled > youthful excursions, viz., > Das Schlechttemperierte Klavier I und II were > peremptorily seized from the > attic by his envious and mean-spirited brother. They > were briefly on the > Braunschweiger black market but were yanked by > Lowell Mason, who was > displeased to find there were no chorale preludes > therein. He tried to > donate them to Forkel, Spitta, and Yale     __________________________________________________ Yahoo! Plus For a better Internet experience http://www.yahoo.co.uk/btoffer  
(back) Subject: Re: Tornado From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 21:33:01 -0500   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Sand Lawn" <glawn@jam.rr.com> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Monday, May 05, 2003 11:05 AM Subject: Re: Tornado     > Apparently, St. Mary's RC was one of the few buildings that was still > standing in Pierce City, MO. It sustained only minor damage. It contained > a 1890's Felgemaker of two manuals and eight ranks.   One of the tornados hit Liberty, Missouri, where the pride and joy of = Quimby Pipe Organs, 3/55 Op. 55 of 2002 in the Gano Chapel at William Jewell College, is situated. The chapel lost its steeple, but I am glad to say that the rest of the building including the organ was undamaged.   John Speller.    
(back) Subject: Re: Tornados From: <ProOrgo53@aol.com> Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 22:46:03 EDT     --part1_3d.2f2b52a7.2be87beb_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   My message may have SEEMED to include an enclosure (or do you mean "attachment?") - but it contained neither.     --part1_3d.2f2b52a7.2be87beb_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D3 FAMILY=3D3D"SERIF" = FACE=3D3D"=3D Times New Roman" LANG=3D3D"0">My message may have SEEMED to include an = enclosu=3D re (or do you mean "attachment?") - but it contained neither.<BR> <BR> </FONT></HTML> --part1_3d.2f2b52a7.2be87beb_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Kansas City Tornado From: <ProOrgo53@aol.com> Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 22:47:10 EDT     --part1_111.23422684.2be87c2e_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Dear Friends,   There are many blessings to be counted following the deadly tornado(s) = which ravaged the Greater Kansas City area on Sunday, May 4. I understand, from = our daughter who is out of state in college, that CNN broadcast details of the =   mayhem which befell the Kansas Cities (KS & MO) yesterday afternoon = shortly after 3 p.m.   The path of the twister(s) moved from west to east and came down = principally in the northern-most region of the two Kansas Cities and out-lying, but closely connected others towns and cities. The funnel lifted (after destroying hundreds of homes and businesses from Bashor, Kansas, the new Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas and southern Leavenworth, KS), and skipped across the Missouri River, then touched down again in a path = directly toward Park University (Parkville, Missouri) but made a decidedly easterly =   turn -- without slamming into the University Chapel (a beautiful stone edifice with a wonderful, old 3 manual Kimball Organ).   It then continued north-easterly, eventually doing major destruction to shopping malls, homes and churches in Kansas City North and to the = downtown of Liberty, Missouri and some damage to William Jewell (Baptist = affilliation) College (the same institution where Luciano Pavoratti made his debut on = the school's long-established, annual Fine Arts Series).   Local newscasts have post-poned more detailed information until their 5 = p.m. broadcasts today about the total extent of damage. William Jewell just recently dedicated a new 3-manual / 55 rank Quimby Pipe Organ in its Gano Recital Hall. Hopes are high that Gana and its new organ suffered no = damage and there is thanksgiving that student housing buildings were not leveled.   The Greater Kansas City Chapter, AGO, has sponsored an annual BACHATHON on =   the first Sunday of May from 2 - 8 p.m. (yesterday's event was our 24th annual), and was once again hosted by Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (IV man. Kney tracker, 67 ranks), Canon John L. Schaefer, Organist/Choirmaster. The Bachathon motto has always been "come when you = can, leave when you must," so folks come and go throughout the 6-hour event = which is divided into half-hour segments by various organists, pianists, = ensembles, both instrumental and vocal.   At times, Bachathon has upwards of 250-300 persons present. Two blocks = away, more than 100 ballet students were in final stages of their annual Spring Recital dress rehearsal. We count it an enormous blessing that the path of =   the storm did not come through the downtown as the casualties would have = been far-reaching in numbers.   Dale Rider Independence, MO -----------------     --part1_111.23422684.2be87c2e_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D3 FAMILY=3D3D"SERIF" = FACE=3D3D"=3D Times New Roman" LANG=3D3D"0">Dear Friends,<BR> <BR> There are many blessings to be counted following the deadly tornado(s) = which=3D ravaged the Greater Kansas City area on Sunday, May 4. I understand, from = o=3D ur daughter who is out of state in college, that CNN broadcast details of = th=3D e mayhem which befell the Kansas Cities (KS &amp; MO) yesterday afternoon = sh=3D ortly after 3 p.m.<BR> <BR> The path of the twister(s) moved from west to east and came down = principally=3D in the northern-most region of the two Kansas Cities and out-lying, but = clo=3D sely connected others towns and cities. The funnel lifted (after = destroying=3D20=3D hundreds of homes and businesses from Bashor, Kansas, the new Kansas = Speedwa=3D y in Kansas City, Kansas and southern Leavenworth, KS), and skipped across = t=3D he Missouri River, then touched down again in a path directly toward Park = Un=3D iversity (Parkville, Missouri) but made a decidedly easterly turn -- = without=3D slamming into the University Chapel (a beautiful stone edifice with a = wonde=3D rful, old 3 manual Kimball Organ). <BR> <BR> It then continued north-easterly, eventually doing major destruction to = shop=3D ping malls, homes and churches in Kansas City North and to the downtown of = L=3D iberty, Missouri and some damage to William Jewell (Baptist affilliation) = Co=3D llege (the same institution where Luciano Pavoratti made his debut on the = sc=3D hool's long-established, annual Fine Arts Series). <BR> <BR> Local newscasts have post-poned more detailed information until their 5 = p.m.=3D broadcasts today about the total extent of damage. William Jewell just = rece=3D ntly dedicated a new 3-manual / 55 rank Quimby Pipe Organ in its Gano = Recita=3D l Hall. Hopes are high that Gana and its new organ suffered no damage and = th=3D ere is thanksgiving that student housing buildings were not leveled.<BR> <BR> The Greater Kansas City Chapter, AGO, has sponsored an annual BACHATHON on = t=3D he first Sunday of May from 2 - 8 p.m. (yesterday's event was our 24th = annua=3D l), and was once again hosted by Grace &amp; Holy Trinity Episcopal = Cathedra=3D l (IV man. Kney tracker, 67 ranks), Canon John L. Schaefer, = Organist/Choirma=3D ster. The Bachathon motto has always been "come when you can, leave when = you=3D must," so folks come and go throughout the 6-hour event which is divided = in=3D to half-hour segments by various organists, pianists, ensembles, both = instru=3D mental and vocal. <BR> <BR> At times, Bachathon has upwards of 250-300 persons present. Two blocks = away,=3D more than 100 ballet students were in final stages of their annual Spring = R=3D ecital dress rehearsal. We count it an enormous blessing that the path of = th=3D e storm did not come through the downtown as the casualties would have = been=3D20=3D far-reaching in numbers.<BR> <BR> Dale Rider<BR> Independence, MO</FONT><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#000000" = style=3D3D"BACKGROUND-COLOR: #=3D ffffff" SIZE=3D3D2 FAMILY=3D3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D3D"Arial" = LANG=3D3D"0"><BR> -----------------<BR> <BR> </FONT></HTML> --part1_111.23422684.2be87c2e_boundary--