September 28, 2008
Vol. VIII, No. 12
"Continuation from Last Time"
I was in such a hurry last time that I failed to provide the link that I found to the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. I'm not much for contemporary organs but this one just seems to work for me. And it's a Fisk. A real departure for Fisk, to be sure. Or maybe I've just been out of it too long. Anyway, here's the link. It's worth a look.
I've been keeping quite busy with clients so I haven't had much time to write. If you're curious about that side of my business, the website is
I just completed a renovation so now is a good time to check it out. As for today's Rampage, I thought I'd run through the headlines a bit.
The first story popped up out of nowhere. It's a church in the Philippines that is trying to raise funds to renovate its 1894 iron pipe organ. It's the oldest and one of only two in the country. Get this: "Recently, the parishioners held a variety show participated in by the employees of the municipal government and students. The proceeds of the show was made seed money to start the fund-raising project." I love those stories.
The next story that caught my attention was an interview with an organist the night before his concert. It's a little weird but interesting. I'll let you read it instead of spoiling the surprise and you'll see what I mean.
Perhaps more interesting is the story of the organ he was to perform on:
Finally, a Rochester, New York, cathedral made the news with their new organ:
I'm a bit surprised that a Catholic church put in a tracker but I'm glad they did--it's a beautiful piece of work. Head over to the Fritts website for a closer look:
OK, I wasn't going to put this one in but it was just too sad. Irvine Valley College in California installed an Allen organ and no one has signed up to use it. This despite Fred Swann promoting the heck out of it. It's become so easy to rip apart this kind of article but I'm too tired this week. If you read it, you'll see it's wrong, wrong, wrong.
Well, that's it for now. Don't forget to check out the submissions to the BACHorgan.com Network at the end of this email.
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Added is The O'Malley Organ, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, Builder: Paul Fritts. Also, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, York Springs, Pennsylvania, Builder: Taylor & Boody.
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