PipeChat Digest #3675 - Friday, May 16, 2003
Re: Correction re. Sousa's death
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
  by "Tim Bovard" <tmbovard@earthlink.net>
  by "Bob Conway" <conwayb@sympatico.ca>
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Felix Hell milestone!  And we're invited.
  by "Stephen Best" <sbest@borg.com>
Phoenix Digital organs
  by "John & Fran Meyers" <jack-fran1@cox.net>

(back) Subject: Re: Correction re. Sousa's death From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 20:08:57 -0500   > > The "where" is, I believe, correct.   Yep! My wife used to be Assocate Rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Reading, Pa., which was next to the (then) Abraham Lincoln Hotel, whose great claim to fame is that it is where Sousa snuffed it. I have very = warm feelings for this establishment. In the 1980's they had a fire, and the Fire Marshall declared the hotel unsafe and it closed. This was a pity, = as it was a splendid building, and being built of entirely fire-proof materiuals was, I suspect, pretty safe in fires, even in the absence of adequate exits. (After all, nothing really bad happened in the fire they had.) After that the restaurant remained open for a while, and as it happens, quite by accident, my wife and I had lunch there one Sunday -- = the very last last meal it was open. Even after that the parking lot was = still open, and the church rented a parking space there for my wife. Subsequently, the whole place has been refurbished and made into middle-income senior citizen apartments.   John Speller    
(back) Subject: TEST From: "Tim Bovard" <tmbovard@earthlink.net> Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 20:49:41 -0500   CHECK - CHECK - CHECK - ONE - TWO - THREE - IS THIS THING ON???    
(back) Subject: Re: TEST From: "Bob Conway" <conwayb@sympatico.ca> Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 21:57:47 -0400   Tim,   Yes it is!   Bob Conway   At 08:49 PM 5/15/03 -0500, you wrote: >CHECK - CHECK - CHECK - ONE - TWO - THREE - IS THIS THING ON??? > > >"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: TEST From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 18:59:10 -0700   I dunno ... stick your finger in the socket? (giggle)   Bud, high on various meds and bored to TEARS   Tim Bovard wrote: > CHECK - CHECK - CHECK - ONE - TWO - THREE - IS THIS THING ON??? > > > "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: Felix Hell milestone! And we're invited. From: "Stephen Best" <sbest@borg.com> Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 22:37:34 -0400   When I first started to be aware of Felix Hell, I confess I thought a lot of what I was hearing was fanciful exaggeration. How could someone who just started taking organ lessons in 1993 possibly be anything other than an over-hyped curiosity? But as I kept hearing more, I figured that -- over-hyped curiosity or not -- he=92d at least put on a good show. After all, everyone is intrigued by child prodigies! So I arranged for a recital in November of 2000 at First Presbyterian Church in Utica, NY. To say I was blown away is an understatement! Technique to spare, gracious humility and charm, incredible interpretative skills -- it was hard to imagine so much in one person. For me, the rest is history. I=92ve =   heard Felix several times, and am just planning his third visit to Utica. Each time I=92ve heard him, he=92s better than the last time I = heard him!   Consider a few astonishing facts from Felix Hell=92s history:   In February 1994, just 6 months after his first organ lesson, he participated in a German competition for young musicians and received a first prize in organ playing.   While still 8 years old, Felix played his first church service, an Easter High Mass in a Roman Catholic church. At the time, Felix was thought to be the youngest liturgical organist in Germany.   At the age of 10, after a four-hour exam, Felix received the German service playing certificate ("D-Kirchenmusiker"), the youngest church musician in Germany to have ever done so..   In 2001, Felix played his 100th USA-recital at the AGO Region III Convention in Bethlehem, PA.   And now, Felix Hell is celebrating another milestone to which all of us are invited. On May 21, at 8:00 p.m., he will perform his 300th recital at St. Ludwigskirche, Wormser Strasse (phone 49 - 6233 - 27394), in Frankenthal, Germany, his hometown. Included are works of Bach, Franck, Guilmant, Dupre, Liszt, Gigout, Karg-Elert, and Vierne.   And here=92s one of those things that makes Felix Hell a special person as =   well as a gifted musician: for any visitors from abroad who happen to be present, Felix will be happy to arrange a tour of some of the organs which were part of his early training, including historic instruments by Geib, Stumm, and Silbermann. If you are fortunate enough to be able to make a quick trip to Germany, you may contact Hans Hell, his father, at <HFHELL@aol.com> to make arrangements for the grand tour.   Congratulations to Felix Hell on reaching this great milestone! We can only hope that there will be hundreds more inspiring recitals in years to come.   Steve Best in Utica, NY    
(back) Subject: Phoenix Digital organs From: "John & Fran Meyers" <jack-fran1@cox.net> Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 21:51:03 -0700   A church in the area has signed to buy a Phoenix digital organ and will integrate it with the existing Casavant pipe organ. The organist wants to know of opinions regarding this British import. It seems I heard some good things said on either this list or organchat just recently. Has anyone experience with this digital organ. thanks. Fran Meyers