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Organ Discovery Day
PART I: THE KING OF INSTRUMENTS
3:00 PM FREE GENERAL ADMISSION, TICKETS REQUIRED
ALAN MORRISON, ORGANIST-IN-RESIDENCE, SPIVEY HALL
THOMAS MCCOOK, SPIVEY HALL ORGAN CURATOR, WIDENER & CO., INC.
DWIGHT JONES, PRESIDENT, INTEGRATED ORGAN TECHNOLOGIES, INC
Spivey Hall’s Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ is a marvelous instrument. But how does it work? Why are there so many pipes, and why do they sound different? What’s going on with all those keyboards, knobs, and switches on the organ console? How are fingers and feet used to play the organ? Why does the organ have a computer? What are the creative choices organists must make when performing a particular piece of organ music? Answers to these and other organ mysteries will be revealed in a family-friendly, interactive session led by a trio of experts who star in Spivey Hall’s new educational video, The King of Instruments: History, Science, and Music of the Pipe Organ, written and directed by Marshall Peterson. Video excerpts will be followed by Q&A with the experts, musical examples and performances by Organist-in-Residence Alan Morrison, plus the chance to go on stage to see the organ console and peek into the organ case. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the lobby. The King of Instruments video is a production of Spivey Hall Education made possible by support from the Chaparral Foundation and the Spivey Hall Friends.
PART II: DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING: ARCHITECTS OF SOUND
4:45 PM FREE General Admission, Tickets Required
Architects of Sound tells the fascinating story of the step-by-step creation of Spivey Hall’s Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ – from the shaping of molten tin-andlead alloy into pipes and the selection of mahogany logs used to build the organ by Fratelli Ruffatti in Italy, to the trans-Atlantic shipping of its many-thousand pieces to Georgia and its installation in Spivey Hall over a six-month period, culminating in the organ’s dedication concerts in May 1992. A 30-minute documentary broadcast throughout Georgia and the United States, Architects of Sound was produced in 1992 by Melissa Hampton for Georgia Public Television with videography by Don Fenwick.