Monthly Archives: July 2014

Pedal to the Metal

Pedal to the Medal

Concert preview at 2:15 p.m.

Buckle your seat belts and get ready for a new musical journey exploring works for brass and organ. The concert will feature St. Hugo of Hills’ new chapel organ, the church’s organists John Sittard and David Enos, and your favorite DCWS brass musicians.

About St. Hugo’s Organ
The organ was built in 1935 by Casavant Freres of Ste-Hyacinthe, Quebec. It is located in two chambers in the rear gallery, as well as a small chamber in the front left gallery. Over the years, some minor changes were made to brighten the instrument and to add some clarity to the ensemble. The organ served faithfully until 70+ years of wear and tear finally threatened to silence it. A plan was developed for a comprehensive rebuild. The original console was renewed and updated with the latest technology, making every effort to preserve the original aesthetics of this lovely and well-crafted piece of furniture. The organ’s mechanism was restored, and all pipes were carefully cleaned and voiced for optimal speech. Several vintage ranks of pipes, from other renowned builders of the early twentieth century, were incorporated into the renovated instrument, adding new tonal resources so needed for the liturgical demands of the parish, and yet, until now, missing. The rebuilding of the instrument was entrusted to Patrick Murphy and Associates of Stowe, Pennsylvania.