New Organ Debuts at L.A.'s Disney Hall

Classic Arts News   New Organ Debuts at L.A.'s Disney Hall
The newly built pipe organ at Los Angeles's Walt Disney Hall will be inaugurated tonight with a recital by Frederic Swann.

The program is designed to show off the full range of the 6,134-pipe organ, with works by Bach, Medelssohn, and others. William Mathias's Fanfare makes use of the custom-designed "Trompeta de Los Angeles" stop; Fannie Charles Dillon's Woodland Flute Call calls for flute stops.

Swann, the president of the American Guild of Organists, is one of the highest-profile organists in the United States, having played at New York's Riverside Church and at the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, California, the site of Robert Schuller's "Hour of Power" television ministry.

The new organ is featured in a series of recitals over the course of the season, as well as several Los Angeles Philharmonic performances, starting with orchestra's opening-night gala tomorrow night and its performances on October 2 and 3. On October 7, organist Wayne Marshall will be the soloist in the Philharmonic's world premiere performance of James MacMillian's A Scotch Bestiary, for orchestra and organ.

The organ, which took a year to install, tune, and voice, is the latest addition to Disney Hall, a swooping, steel-sheathed hall designed by Frank Gehry. The hall opened in the fall of 2003 and has rapidly become a Los Angeles landmark.

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