Organ aficionados, take note.
On Saturday, “Irvington Presbyterian Church”:http://www.irvingtonpresbychurch.org/ will host one of 16 recitals Ã¢â‚¬â€ worldwide Ã¢â‚¬â€ to mark the 125th anniversary of Johannes Klais Orgelbau, a world-famous maker of pipe organs based in Bonn, Germany.
Irvington Presbyterian debuted its new, $500,000 Klais organ in April 2001. The instrument, which consists of 1,931 individually hand-crafted pipes, was featured on the April 2002 cover of The American Organist magazine (which you aficionados must read).
The church’s noontime recital (on Sept. 8) will feature Noah Wynne-Morton, winner of the 2007 AGO/Quimby Region II Competition for Young Organists. It is open to the public.
Irvington Presbyterian’s organ (that’s it in the picture) was only Klais’ seventh in the U.S.
Klais’ “website”:http://www.orgelbau-klais.com/index.php?newlang=english declares:
It is the very first tone that fills the room.
It is the first tone of the organ that suggests peace and quiet; solemnity.
Respect is the most important starting point for the organ builder’s work. Respect for the purpose of the instrument, for the room involved, for the music, for the performer. For more than 100 years – in the fourth generation now – organ building has been the principal concern of the Klais family. For more than 100 years they have both lived and worked under the same roof.
They are bound by tradition: preservation of old values, maintenance of what has proved worthwile. Yet with time new laws evolve. Modern technology may sometimes be applied discreetly. New methods appear in organ building. Klais aims to strike the right balance.