Organ ‘crawl’ celebrates year of the organ

Published 8:55 am Friday, October 17, 2008

The American Guild of Organists has declared Sunday as the day to celebrate the International Year of the Organ by having the world’s largest organ spectacular.

Albert Lea area organists are participating in an organ crawl concert. It is one of more than 300 concerts that day throughout the United States and abroad to increase public awareness and enjoyment of the pipe organ.

The “crawl” will begin at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 918 Garfield Ave., featuring the Schlicker. At 3:20 p.m., the group will move to First Presbyterian Church, 308 Water St., to hear the original Wicks organ at 3:30 p.m. At 3:50 p.m., the group will move to the United Methodist Church, 702 Highway 69 S., to hear the rebuilt Moller organ at 4 p.m.

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A brief history of each organ will be given and music played to demonstrate each of these different instruments. Bob Tewes, Gretchen Zinsli and Eileen Nelson Ness will be the featured organists. The concerts are free and the public is invited. A reception with coffee and cookies will follow the program at United Methodist Church.

Anyone wishing to come to the United Methodist Church for car-pooling is welcome to meet at United Methodist Church at 2:40 p.m. This group will leave for Grace Lutheran at 2:45 p.m. The church van will be used to accommodate those who don’t wish to drive.

For more information, call the United Methodist Church office at 373-8233.