PipeChat Digest #4565 - Saturday, June 19, 2004
Re: Is it quiet, or is it me
  by "Peter Rodwell" <iof@ctv.es>
Re: Is it quiet, or is it me
  by <Keys4bach@aol.com>
RE: Is it quiet, or is it me?
  by "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <rgunther@cantv.net>
Felix Hell - Curtis Organ at Irvine Auditorium
  by <niksiz@comcast.net>
RE: Edward Lye tracker...was is it quiet
  by "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca>
  by "Joe Elliffe" <jelli@tampabay.rr.com>
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
concert announcement--X post
  by <RMB10@aol.com>
Ray Charles' Funeral [x-posted]
  by "Charlie Lester" <crlester@137.com>

(back) Subject: Re: Is it quiet, or is it me From: "Peter Rodwell" <iof@ctv.es> Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 11:37:33 +0200   I hope to disturb the silence early next month when I return from the "First Seminar on the Art of Organ Building", from June 29 to July 3 in the Rioja district in northern Spain.   Normally I would have drawn list members' attention to this event long ago in case anyone wanted to attend but I only found out about it myself a week ago when I was asked if I would give a short presentation and demonstration of our catalogue.   Its sub-title is: "Construction, Conservation and Restauration of Organs in Spain" and the program includes talks from various organ builders, round tables on a number of subjects, including cataloguing, and visits to various organs of interest in the area.   I shall be taking notes of the proceedings and will post them here, if anyone is interested. Since the Rioja region is famous for its excellent wines, one can expect the week to be most convivial...   Further information - entirely in Spanish - can be found at:   http://www.fundacionvoxsacra.com/   Click on the square at the top center ("1as Jornadas sobre el Arte de la Organer=F1ia").   Peter.    
(back) Subject: Re: Is it quiet, or is it me From: <Keys4bach@aol.com> Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 07:09:01 EDT   I fear it is quiet because it was so noisy for a short time.   rest well this summer--it is deserved.   See whomever at LA......   dale in Florida  
(back) Subject: RE: Is it quiet, or is it me? From: "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <rgunther@cantv.net> Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 09:14:57 -0400   Andres Gunther rgunther@cantv.net   I wondered too... was about to blame the server. Glad to know that I = didn't miss a thing. I am busy doing some homework before I start off to S-FL and Buffalo. Un gran abrazo para todos [a big hug to you all] as we say here.   Off topic yours Andres =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=3D First was the cat, then was the Orgler. The Orgler got a pet and the cat got something to wonder about.   ----- Original Message ----- From: Glenda <gksjd85@direcway.com> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2004 8:03 AM Subject: Is it quiet, or is it me?     > Just wondering if traffic on PipeChat is slow - I just got Rick to > discard my old SpamWeed because it was defective. Now of course I'm > getting hundreds of spam but this morning only the digest from PipeChat. > > Just wondering - if I disturbed a moment of silence for someone, I > apologize. Please play on through. > > Glenda Sutton > gksjd85@direcway.com      
(back) Subject: Felix Hell - Curtis Organ at Irvine Auditorium From: <niksiz@comcast.net> Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 14:47:05 +0000   Dear Friends,   I want to thank those of you who posted such glowing comments about = Felix=92s stunning concert at Irvine Auditorium at the University of = Pennsylvania this past Saturday.   I felt it would be out of place for me to post a review of the concert I = helped organize, so I did not. I was very happy to see such a good = turnout, the University Administration was happy and impressed with the = concert and crowd, which all bodes very well for more concerts in the = future! The organ sounded spectacular, giving everyone a chance to revel = in the range of its power and the gentleness of its delicacies. Felix = played masterfully and planned and registered his program most excellently = for the organ. He discovered sounds and combinations of sounds unique and = new. It never fails to amaze me how the Curtis Organ can still WOW! me = after 24 years. I thought Felix demonstrated great, mature skill in his = handling of the organ=92s resources and the audience responded = enthusiastically.   Even repertoire he has played elsewhere sounded fresh and new (and one = piece was =96 the public debut performance of Seth Bingham=92s = =93Roulade=94) and showed a careful ear in finding sounds that weren=92t = just =93loud=94 or =93soft=94 or even the same =93full organ=94 when the = time came. I look for and expect a bright future for Felix. I also now can = say with honesty there is a bright and wide-open future for the Curtis = Organ.   Incidentally, anyone who is so inclined is encouraged to write to the = University and tell them how good it was that there was a public concert = on the organ. You can even target donations large or small to the = performance fund, which will help establish future concert series. I=92ll = post the address below.   To everyone who came, thanks! To those who missed it, I hope you will ask = your friends about it and come to the next concert. We hope to continue = the Wanamaker Organ Day collaboration and continue the annual tradition of = an evening benefit concert on that day. Many thanks also to the Friends of = the Wanamaker Organ for their cooperation and support in publicizing the = concert!   Cheers,   Paul Marchesano Philadelphia, PA   Address to write or donate: Max King, Ph.D. Office of the Vice Provost for University Life University of Pennsylvania 3611 Locust Walk Philadelphia PA 19104-6222  
(back) Subject: RE: Edward Lye tracker...was is it quiet From: "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca> Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 12:48:24 -0400   Dan asked of Lye Organs: Are there lots more around?   I answered: Yes, there are lots of Lye tracker organs remaining in = Ontario. I run into them continually. I know some of them are in their 2nd or 3rd home as well. There is an opus list in the procession of Nelson Denton who sorta started the subject. I service three, two are in their original homes and the other has been transplanted twice to the best of my knowledge. I think I can account for about 30 from memory that are in playable condition. Some are in excellent condition and some, while playable, are not used. AjM          
(back) Subject: NPM From: "Joe Elliffe" <jelli@tampabay.rr.com> Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 17:49:26 -0400   Anyone going to the NPM Conference in Philly July 5th-9th? Joe
(back) Subject: Re: NPM From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 19:41:49 -0400   On 6/18/04 5:49 PM, "Joe Elliffe" <jelli@tampabay.rr.com> wrote:   > Anyone going to the NPM Conference in Philly July 5th-9th?   Joe:   Not me. But I=B9m interested, because I find frequent occasion to recommend the organization to people. So: I hope we=B9ll hear a report from you about it in a few weeks.   Alan Freed Www.stlukesnc.org      
(back) Subject: concert announcement--X post From: <RMB10@aol.com> Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 20:25:54 EDT   This Sunday, June 20, 2004, I will be performing a program as part of the =   Charlotte, NC AGO chapter's Summer Recital Series. The concert is at = 7:30pm and will take place at Myers Park Baptist Church, located at Queens Rd. = and Selwyn Ave. in Charlotte, NC. The concert is free of charge. The organ = is a 3 manual Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1109 (1948). Works will include Litanies-Alain; Sonata II-Mendelssohn; Impromptu No.1-Coleridge-Taylor; Rhumba-Elmore; Fireside Fancies-Clokey; = Toccata-Lanquetuit. Monty Bennett  
(back) Subject: Ray Charles' Funeral [x-posted] From: "Charlie Lester" <crlester@137.com> Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 22:44:23 -0700   Did anyone else happen to catch Ray Charles' very beautiful send-off on TV today?   Now, THAT was a funeral.   Plenty of stout ladies in glittery outfits topped with big hats; formally attired, white-gloved Ushers; self-consciously terse and officious members of the dais; a large and joyful gospel choir; lots of AMENS and HALLELUJAHS; much hand- and hankie-waving; standing-up; shouts; tears ... I felt right at home, having played for many funerals like this over the years.   The service was held at the First A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles, ostensibly the oldest Black congregation in the city. They have a combo pipes & digital rig there, a Rodgers 960 with pipes, I think it is --- but I did not hear it used at all. Just Hammond, electronic piano, digital keyboards, and drums.   I must say the Hammond sounded particularly cheesy on the TV broadcast (okay, never mind --- NO, a Hammond does not always sound cheesy!) ----- because, I think, there was a direct line feed from the Hammond output to the video recording system. It sounded very "instant" and raw, with no room tone. In the right room and the right organist [whoever was playing was not the greatest Hammondiste I have ever heard], a Hammond "in its element" sounds FABULOUS. No other organ can do what a Hammond can do with jazz, blues and gospel.   Stevie Wonder sang the very touching gospel song "I Won't Complain." In his remarks, he expressed regret that "Ray was not able to outlive hate and injustice."   B.B. King gave a very moving tribute. Through his tears, he sang and played the guitar on "Please Accept My Love." He said that Ray Charles always beat him at cards -- quipping that he had marked the cards in Braille.   Willie Nelson, in his inimitable nasal twang, sang "Georgia on My Mind," one of Charles' best known tunes, and brought the audience to its feet for one of many times during the service.   Country icon Glen Campbell performed the gospel classic, "Where Could I Go But to the Lord" on guitar, as the crowd clapped along.   Jazz trumpeter Wynston Marsalis played an emotionally wrought rendition of "Rock of Ages."   Johnny Mathis was there, and at the end of the service, during the "Final Viewing" (*) they played a cut from a CD that he and Ray had just finished .... the song: ... "Over the Rainbow." WOW. It was INCREDIBLE. Not a dry eye in the church, and even I sat on the sofa bawling. My sweet, very concerned doggies came over to comfort me -- couldn't figure out what was wrong with me.   Ray Charles' own voice was heard a few times, singing "My Buddy" as well as his very moving version of "America the Beautiful."   Other notable guests included Little Richard, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr., actor Steven Seagal, Clint Eastwood, actress Cicely Tyson, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.   To his credit, Dr. "Chip" Murray, the church's Senior Pastor, kept his eulogy brief and succinct. The funeral ticked out at a crisp two hours long. Considering whose funeral it was, I was surprised it was not a LOT longer. You can usually count on -at least- two hours at Black Evangelical funerals, and sometimes three or more if a lot of people are lined up to pay respects and offer tributes.   For the first time since hearing of Ray Charles' death, I felt very sad today. It was a very joyful service but, as always, the poignant undercurrent of grief was raw and heart-rending.   ------- (*) Frequently, a final -- and, to me, a very gruesome -- touch at Black funerals is that the casket is opened up for a last look, then closed again before rolling it out. Sometimes the mortician even makes a big "Do" about screwing the lid closed with a little crank thing that locks the cover. It takes a couple-dozen turns of the crank and, well, it just makes it seem so very ....... FINAL ....... It's a very disturbing and emotionally powerful thing. I've seen families, especially children, go into hysterics when the coffin is closed for the final time. I don't get it. Why, I mean, do families subject themselves to such unnecessary, horrific grief? It's absolutely heartbreaking. -------