PipeChat Digest #4288 - Thursday, February 19, 2004
 
NU Update
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
Re: NU Update
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
Carpets, Ruffati's and other miscellanea "Down Under"
  by "John Foss" <harfo32@yahoo.co.uk>
 

(back) Subject: NU Update From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 02:32:29 EST   Hello All,=20 This evening the Northwestern Student Government voted unanimously to help=20 our cause. Below are letters of support from Mr. Daniel Barenboim, Conducto= r of=20 the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Sir Andrew Davis, Musical Director of=20 the Lyric Opera of Chicago. If you haven't already, please send your letter= s of=20 support! =20   President Henry Bienen Northwestern University Crown 2-130 Evanston, IL 60208 =20 Provost Lawrence B. Dumas Northwestern University Crown 2-143 Evanston, IL 60208 =20 For our records, please also send a copy to: =20 Northwestern Organ Students 1921 Sherman Ave. #GS Evanston, IL 60201   Thanks again! 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   __________________________________________________________________________ Dear Sir or Ms.`   I have recently been informed that Northwestern University is considering=20 ending its organ major programs. This news is very troubling to me because I= =20 believe the current generation of musicians has a responsibility to generati= ons of=20 musicians to come. This responsibility involves preserving the great works o= f=20 art and music so they can be enjoyed and loved not just by musicians but by=20 the public at large well into the future.   The recent proposal by Northwestern University (to discontinue the organ=20 program) is regrettable, because it says that we can safeguard some of our m= usical=20 treasures, but not all of them. It says that in the face of a long standing,= =20 historically important program, we can retreat and fall back. This would be=20 unfortunate wherever it occurred, but in a university setting, it is=20 particularly disappointing.=20 .. =20 The organ is a unique instrument in all of music. Many of the great composer= s=20 wrote much of their music for this one instrument. Composers such as Bach,=20 Messiaen, Durufle, and many others would be little known, or at least much l= ess=20 well understood were it not for the organ and the musicians who play it. As=20= a=20 proprietor of this important musical heritage, I urge Northwestern to find a= =20 way to continue the organ program--for today, and for the musicians of=20 tomorrow.=20     Yours Sincerely, Daniel Barenboim __________________________________________________________________________   Dear Sir or Madam:   I am writing this letter as a member of the cultural community of Chicago.=20 For several years now Chicago has been a home to me artistically, and I have= =20 come to take an active and passionate interest in the musical life of the Ch= icago=20 area. I now reside in Chicago pursuant to my responsibilities as Music=20 Director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.   It has recently come to my attention that Northwestern, one of the leading=20 universities in the United States, is considering ending programs in Organ a= nd=20 Church Music. This turn of events is deeply troubling to me artistically and= =20 personally. Artistically, because this action would diminish our city=20 culturally. Personally, because my own musical training includes the study o= f Organ and=20 Church Music.   From 1960--1964, I studied church music and served as an organist at King= =E2=80=99s=20 College, Cambridge. My studies in organ helped shape the course of my=20 professional life. My performances as Music Director of the Lyric Opera of C= hicago are=20 enhanced and informed by my study of Church music and the rich tradition of=20 music written for the organ.   It is my profound hope that Northwestern music students of today will have=20 access to organ and church music studies as I did at the start of my musical= =20 career.   I urge the school of Music at Northwestern University to work with trustees,= =20 former students, and area music professionals to insure that Organ and Churc= h=20 Music remain a vital part of the music school at Northwestern University.     Very Sincerely Yours, Sir Andrew Davis ____________________________________________________________________________    
(back) Subject: Re: NU Update From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 03:02:50 -0500   Hi Greg,   If I am not mistaken, Andrew Davis was at one time Organ Scholar at one = of the great English colleges - I just can't think of which one, and it = could be my imagination. He was conductor of the Toronto Symphony for a = time when I was up there, and if I am not hallucinating, he was = certainly known as an Organist.   Cheers,   Malcolm ----- Original Message -----=20 From: Gfc234@aol.com=20 To: pipechat@pipechat.org=20 Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 2:32 AM Subject: NU Update     Hello All,=20 This evening the Northwestern Student Government voted unanimously to = help our cause. Below are letters of support from Mr. Daniel Barenboim, = Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Sir Andrew Davis, = Musical Director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. If you haven't already, = please send your letters of support! =20   President Henry Bienen Northwestern University Crown 2-130 Evanston, IL 60208   =20   Provost Lawrence B. Dumas Northwestern University Crown 2-143 Evanston, IL 60208   =20   For our records, please also send a copy to:   =20   Northwestern Organ Students   1921 Sherman Ave. #GS   Evanston, IL 60201     Thanks again! 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   = _________________________________________________________________________= _ Dear Sir or Ms.`   I have recently been informed that Northwestern University is = considering ending its organ major programs. This news is very troubling = to me because I believe the current generation of musicians has a = responsibility to generations of musicians to come. This responsibility = involves preserving the great works of art and music so they can be = enjoyed and loved not just by musicians but by the public at large well = into the future.   The recent proposal by Northwestern University (to discontinue the = organ program) is regrettable, because it says that we can safeguard = some of our musical treasures, but not all of them. It says that in the = face of a long standing, historically important program, we can retreat = and fall back. This would be unfortunate wherever it occurred, but in a = university setting, it is particularly disappointing.=20 . =20 The organ is a unique instrument in all of music. Many of the great = composers wrote much of their music for this one instrument. Composers = such as Bach, Messiaen, Durufle, and many others would be little known, = or at least much less well understood were it not for the organ and the = musicians who play it. As a proprietor of this important musical = heritage, I urge Northwestern to find a way to continue the organ = program--for today, and for the musicians of tomorrow.=20     Yours Sincerely, Daniel Barenboim = _________________________________________________________________________= _   Dear Sir or Madam:   I am writing this letter as a member of the cultural community of = Chicago. For several years now Chicago has been a home to me = artistically, and I have come to take an active and passionate interest = in the musical life of the Chicago area. I now reside in Chicago = pursuant to my responsibilities as Music Director of the Lyric Opera of = Chicago.   It has recently come to my attention that Northwestern, one of the = leading universities in the United States, is considering ending = programs in Organ and Church Music. This turn of events is deeply = troubling to me artistically and personally. Artistically, because this = action would diminish our city culturally. Personally, because my own = musical training includes the study of Organ and Church Music.   From 1960--1964, I studied church music and served as an organist at = King=E2=80=99s College, Cambridge. My studies in organ helped shape the = course of my professional life. My performances as Music Director of the = Lyric Opera of Chicago are enhanced and informed by my study of Church = music and the rich tradition of music written for the organ.   It is my profound hope that Northwestern music students of today will = have access to organ and church music studies as I did at the start of = my musical career.   I urge the school of Music at Northwestern University to work with = trustees, former students, and area music professionals to insure that = Organ and Church Music remain a vital part of the music school at = Northwestern University.     Very Sincerely Yours, Sir Andrew Davis = _________________________________________________________________________= ___    
(back) Subject: Carpets, Ruffati's and other miscellanea "Down Under" From: "John Foss" <harfo32@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 08:24:37 +0000 (GMT)   Having just read Bill Bryson's very amusing book "Down Under", about Australia for those list members who might not have heard of it, (Australia, that is!) when it comes down to quality, and at the present, quantity, per capita Australia seems to be far ahead of anywhere else in the world! It is an enormous country - yet with a population of a mere 19,000,000, not much bigger than that of Greater London, and with a wealth of history with regard to organs and organists. Mark Quarmby tells me that four new organs have either been installed or are on the books for this year, including a new Ruffati at St Patrick's RC Church - go to http://members.ozemail.com.au/~mquarmby/Calendar4/Feb.html for a photograph by Mark Quarmby and specification of this beautiful looking instrument. A new Mander tracker action organ (17 stops) is being built for Sydney Grammar School, a 41 stop Letourneau is under construction for St Mark's, Darling Point and the new RC Cathedral in Western Sydney is receiving a Norman and Beard Transplant from London under the guidance of Stephen Bicknell. http://au.geocities.com/accook2001/music/carpet.htm The performing standards in Australia are amongst the world's highest - going back to George Thalben Ball, and before - they are to the organ as they are to cricket, virtually unbeatable! Yet rarely mentioned. What started me off on this track was Desiree Hines on removable carpets - "Our room has 3 seconds reverberation and that can be changed by removing the carpet in the aisles." Visit the site of Australian organist Christopher Cook, who includes a plea and advice on this topic under the heading "The Liturgical Anti Carpet Movement", providing good arguments against these horrors!http://au.geocities.com/accook2001/music/carpet.htm I have booked my ticket for the late summer (Europe), early spring (Antipodes) to visit this wondrous country and their magnificent organs. John Foss   =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D www.johnfoss.gr http://groups.yahoo.com/group/orgofftop/ Topics of the week : God's gonna GIT you! The religious Right A failure of trust - can we trust governments any longer?     ___________________________________________________________ Yahoo! Messenger - Communicate instantly..."Ping" your friends today! Download Messenger Now http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com/download/index.html