Frasier Star Gives Back

David Hyde Pierce Rebuilds Organ Back Home

Friday, October 09, 2009

"Frasier" TV star David Hyde Pierce will play the Adagio from Widor’s Symphony No. 5 this Sunday on an organ that his family donated the money to rebuild in his native Saratoga Springs.

The 3,185-pipe 1920 Skinner organ Pierce will play has been at Bethesda Episcopal Church since Pierce and his family attended services there growing up, according to The Saratonian.

Pierce practiced on a 1967 Casavant organ in the church as a teen. In addition to paying to rebuild the Skinner organ at Bethesda Episcopal, Pierce and his family paid to connect it electronically to the Casavant organ Pierce used to play on.

Pierce is from Saratoga Springs but now lives in Los Angeles. He has won four Emmys for his role as Dr. Niles Crane in "Frasier" and was the recipient of a Tony award in 2007 for his role in the Broadway musical "Curtains," according to the Associated Press.

Pierce's performance at Bethesda on Sunday is open to the public.

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