Dear Friends of the Cathedral Organ Restoration Fund,

This year marks two significant milestones for those of us at the Cathedral; the 25th Anniversary of our Annual Organ Benefit Recitals, and my 50th year as a church organist!


Hook & Hastings Organ at Holy Cross Cathedral, Boston

Our 25th Annual Organ Benefit Recital (co-sponsored by the Boston AGO), will take place on Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m., and we have invited Thomas Murray of Yale University to be our guest artist. Tom has been a wonderful friend to Opus 801 for many years through articles, and a recording documenting the organs of the Immaculate Conception Church on Harrison Avenue, and a demonstration of  the then barely playable Cathedral organ. Professor Murray’s recital will include music of Weitz, Rheinberger, Bossi, Schumann and Widor – music perfectly suited to this magnificent instrument, and its vast acoustical setting.

I am hoping that you might assist us by becoming a concert sponsor.  Twenty five years ago, we had to travel to Mission Church for our First Organ Benefit. Through your generous support, we have been able to re-leather our massive wind reservoirs, replace missing pipes, repair the 32’ Contra Bourdon pipes, and refit the organ with a replica console, thus enabling us to showcase this once sleeping giant in splendid recitals performed by artists from across the globe. Mark your calendar now for a spectacular afternoon of music with Opus 801 and Tom Murray!

Leo Abbott, Cathedral Organist and Music Director

For information on sponsorship, email Leo here.

The Year of the Worcester Organ – Celebrating 150 Years of the 64-rank E. & G. G. Hook

A celebration concert and reception will be held at 3PM Sunday afternoon Oct 26 to “Re-dedicate” the Hook organ.  This will be within a few days of the original dedication concert 150 years ago.

The WPI Brass Ensemble under the direction of Doug Weeks will join local organists William Ness, Malcolm

Mechanics Hall, Worcester

Mechanics Hall, Worcester

Halliday, Peter Krasinski (Dean, Boston AGO), Robin Dinda, Renea Waligora, Lucia Clemente Falco, and Will Sherwood (Dean, WorcAGO & Artistic Director of Mech Hall Organ Series) to perform an extraordinary concert of grand repertoire that has historical connections – major works accessible and enjoyable for both the layperson and seasoned musician.  Included in the concert will be organ solos, duets, organ+brass, and ending with an audience sing-along of the Battle Hymn of the Republic (organ+brass).  A special organ duet will be premiered, written for this concert by local composer Robin Dinda.

Also performing will be special guest organist Ray Cornils, Portland Municipal Organist, a fitting position to honor The Worcester Organ housed in the elegant and historic performance hall setting in downtown Worcester.

Free Admission/Ticket Required
For more information, go here.


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