Return of the Pipe Organ

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Friday, June 18, 2010

After spending four years in storage, Alice Tully Hall's 19-ton concert organ is back at Lincoln Center.

The organ was delivered and unloaded over two days this week, but it will take all summer to re-install the instrument at Lincoln Center. Each of its 4,192 pipes will be adjusted separately to fit the acoustics at the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall.

Expert instrument makers from the Kuhn company, which built the organ in 1974, travelled from Switzerland to oversee the process.

In this week's Arts File, WQXR's Kerry Nolan speaks with Paul Jacobs, an organist and lecturer at Julliard who will be the first to perform on the restored organ. He's scheduled to play Bach’s “Clavier-Übung,” Part 3, on November 16, as part of Lincoln Center's new fall festival, White Light.

Produced by:

Sarah Kate Kramer
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Comments [2]

larryosso from West Chester

I wondered what ever happened to this organ. Did Alice Tully herself play the pipe organ? Can't wait to hear Paul Jacobs when he performs!

Jun. 18 2010 02:27 PM
hamp940 from New York

Great story--pipe organs have always fascinated me. I've heard Paul Jacobs is amazing and must get a ticket to his concert in November.

Jun. 18 2010 11:10 AM

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