Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fabulous Texas Size Organ Debuts in Houston

Today's newspaper carried a front page story about the new pipe organ that has just been finished and installed at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston. It made me think about my Dad, who loved all things pipe organ-ish, and how excited he would have been about it.

It is truly Texan in size: 5,499 pipes, 11 tons of metal, 75 stops and 45 feet high!

The organ has a name, Opus XIX, and its very own webpage! On the webpage you not only find a lot of details about the organ--which is massive and has some exciting new technology--but also information about concerts and events at the Co-Cathedral that feature Opus XIX. Some of the events are free and some have a minimal charge and you can buy tickets from the webpage. I bet every organist in the world would love a chance to try it out!

Opus XIX's slogan is: For Worship, For Music, For Education. I can't wait to hear it! Until then, here's a You Tube Clip of my Dad's favorite Bach organ piece:

2 comments:

zorra said...

I have had the pleasure of hearing the magnificent new organ at St. Philip twice now. Go hear it if you haven't.
I look forward to hearing the one at the Co-Cathedral, too.

Quotidian Grace said...

Yes, it's a great instrument. I've heard it a number of times.

MDPC recently refurbished their pipe organ and it is a beauty, too. Lots of good pipe organs in Houston!