PipeChat Digest #4124 - Monday, November 24, 2003
Re: Felix's Concert Time
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
  by <quilisma@cox.net>
Re: Franck and Vierne
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>

(back) Subject: Re: Felix's Concert Time From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 10:36:58 -0500   Thanks to Malcolm for checking the exact concert time, and thanks to = Alan Freed for being concerned about my nourishment. He must have sensed that attending Felix Hell concerts and staying well fed are 2 of the highest priorities in my life :-). From what I could glean from Google searches, St. John's Armenian = Church in suburban Detroit is indeed a beautiful and unusual structure featuring a = round shaped sanctuary and a grand acoustic. The organ seems to be equally = unusual in that it began life in 1969 as a 2man. 24rank Tellers Organ Co. pipe instrument whose chests and pipes are described as "seeming to float in thin air". Tellers is an Erie = Pennsylvania firm. Although the exact date escapes me, it seems that the decision was = made in the past several years to update the failing console, and the Rodgers = Co. was contracted for a new 3 man. console, new digital combination action = that provides MIDI capability and multi level memory, and the addition of = digital ranks that nearly triple the number of stops available including an all = digital Choir division controlled by the new 3rd manual. Interestingly, Lance = Luce, the famed theatre organist, served as consultant on this project. I have wanted to experience a hybrid instrument for some time since learning about them and hearing some recordings of them. Seems I will get = that chance tonight, and I can think of no better performer and savvy registrationist to bring out the best this instrument has to offer than = Felix. For those who may be concerned that exposing myself to digital organ = sound at this impressionable point in my education might cause me to stray from = the all pipe fold, I assure you I would choose all pipe any time I can, but = the reality is such that hybrid instruments are becoming increasingly common, = and I refuse to close my mind to them. I will be sure to post my impressions of = this one following the concert tonight. If nothing else, I'm sure it will be = worth the trip just to greet Felix and Hans once again. Cheers Mike   Malcolm Wechsler wrote:   > Hi Mike and Others, > > I just phoned them, and the concert is indeed at 7:30. Hans says the = church > is extremely interesting. He did not say anything about the Organ, and I > forgot to ask. > > Cheers, > > Malcolm Wechsler > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> > To: "Pipechat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> > Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003 6:10 PM > Subject: Concert Time > > > Greetings Friends, > > Would anyone within shouting distance happen to > > know the confirmed time for Felix Hell's recital at St. > > John's Armenian Church in Southfield MI tomorrow? There > > is conflicting information between Felix's website > > which lists it at 3pm, and the St. John's website which > > lists it at 730pm. A call to St. Johns a short time ago > > yielded an earnest maintenance person who did not know > > the schedule, so I am turning to y'all. > > Thanks in advance > > Mike >    
(back) Subject: IRC From: <quilisma@cox.net> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 18:24:27 -0800   High tea is now being served in the front parlour ...      
(back) Subject: Re: Franck and Vierne From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 23:19:50 EST   In a message dated 11/22/2003 9:38:06 AM Central Standard Time, gksjd85@direcway.com writes: 1) I have two collections of Franck, Murray's and Alain's, and like each of them. I was wondering about the other 'complete works' CDs out there, and which you considered best of them? I have Bram Beekman playing at Saint Jean Baptiste, Perpignan. It is an unaltered 4 manual Cavaille Coll, with a spec that is close to the = original organ at St. Clotilde. The playing is wonderful. Pretty sure you can get this = on OHS. gfc   Gregory Ceurvorst M.M. Organ Performance Student Northwestern University Director of Music and Organist St. Peter's U.C.C. Frankfort, IL 847.332.2788 home 708.243.2549 mobile gfc234@aol.com