Cathedral pulls out all the stops for pipe organs’ inaugural concert

| October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Cathedral of St. Paul was filled to capacity with people standing in every available space for the inaugural concert of the Cathedral’s newly restored 1927 E.M. Skinner and 1963 Æolian-Skinner organs Oct. 24. Above, internationally acclaimed organist Olivier Latry of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris plays both historic pipe organs from the console that normally sits in the sanctuary behind the main altar. An identical console is located in the choir gallery. Both organs can be played from either console.  Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit

The Cathedral of St. Paul was filled to capacity with people standing in every available space for the inaugural concert of the Cathedral’s newly restored 1927 E.M. Skinner and 1963 Æolian-Skinner organs Oct. 24. Above, internationally acclaimed organist Olivier Latry of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris plays both historic pipe organs from the console that normally sits in the sanctuary behind the main altar. An identical console is located in the choir gallery. Both organs can be played from either console. Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit

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The organ console from the sanctuary was moved in front of the altar for the one-hour concert. Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit

The organ console from the sanctuary was moved in front of the altar for the one-hour concert. Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit

The casework for the Æolian-Skinner Organ was originally envisioned by the Cathedral’s architect, Emmanuel Masqueray, but never started. The newly installed casework has been designed, based upon Masqueray’s original blueprint, by Duncan Stroik, a professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame. It was built by Agrell Architectural Carving of San Rafael, Calif. Dianne Towalski/TheCatholic Spirit

The casework for the Æolian-Skinner Organ was originally envisioned by the Cathedral’s architect, Emmanuel Masqueray, but never started. The newly installed casework has been designed, based upon Masqueray’s original blueprint, by Duncan Stroik, a professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame. It was built by Agrell Architectural Carving of San Rafael, Calif. Dianne Towalski/TheCatholic Spirit

Latry is the titular “head” organist of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris and teaches at the Paris Conservatory. Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit

Latry is the titular “head” organist of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris and teaches at the Paris Conservatory. Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit

 

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