Holy Cross Cathedral
Wed., April 22, at 7:30 PM
Ryan Patten, an organ student in the Master of Sacred Music program at Boston University, will present his final degree recital at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross,1400 Washington St., Boston, MA. This unique program pays homage to the traditional practice of alternatim, in which alternating verses of a liturgical text are performed on the organ, leaving the remaining verses to be sung by a choir as the original Gregorian chant or as pieces based on the chant melody. This Easter-themed performance will feature music by Bach, de Grigny, a Frescobald Mass setting for organ, and the transcription of Charles Tournemire’ s famous and dramatic improvisation on “Victimae paschali laudes” . The organ is the historic 1875 E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings, Opus 801. A choir of BU graduate students will perform the chants. Admission is free and open to all.
Andover Opus 118
Sunday, May 3, at 4:00 PM
In 2013 we restored the 1895 (II/9) Hutchings organ at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in Stow, MA. A church member made a stop-action video of Jonathan Ross and Andrew Hagberg reinstalling the pipework. Click here to see the video.
Two Large Organs For Sale
Two large, very fine two-manual organs are now for sale: an 1859 E. & G. G. Hook, Opus 244, with 25 stops (30 ranks); and an 1874 Johnson & Son, Opus 440, with 23 stops (28 ranks). Both instruments date from the golden age of their respective builders. Further details are available in our Organs For Sale section.