September 22, 2015
From the many questions and comments buzzing around Plymouth about the new Fisk organ, I want to give you some updates.
Are all the pipes in? Yes, all of the over 3,400 pipes have been installed, with most of the pipes residing behind the façade. Pipes range from the size of a fingernail and to pipes played with the feet (pedals) that are 32 feet long.
Is the organ completely voiced? No, 90% of the pipes are voiced for our acoustic. Fisk voicers return in October for two weeks to complete the voicing and again to tune before the November 15 dedication. Several people from Fisk will attend including Steve Dieck, President and Bertrand Cattiaux, from France.
When is the dedication? Two identical concerts will be held in the Sanctuary, 2 pm and 5 pm,
Sunday, November 15. What music will be performed at the dedication? I have crafted a program to showcase all the different organ stops utilizing a variety of composers from the baroque period to the present. Composers include: baroque composers Louis Marchand and J. S. Bach, 19th century composer Cesar Franck and 20th century composer Louis Vierne, organist at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris from 1900-1937. I have also commissioned Dallas, Texas composer George Baker to write a piece to be premiered at the dedication based on the folk tune The Lone Wild Bird. Baker will also be in attendance. Dedication concerts will be recorded for broadcast by Roger Sherman, host of KING FM’s radio show “Organ Lofts.”
November 1, All Saints Sunday, for 11 am worship, Plymouth Choir will incorporate the moving composition Requiem of Gabriel Faure(1845-1924). This work is scored for orchestra, organ and choir and was first performed at La Madeleine in Paris, where in summer, 2007, Plymouth Choir gave a concert.
Every Friday in Advent at noon —December 4, 11 and 18 — Plymouth hosts three new renowned church musicians who recently moved to the Pacific Northwest: Michael Kleinschmidt, newly appointed Director of Music at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle; Bruce Neswick, Director of Music at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon; and Paul Thornock, newly appointed Director of Music at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. Be watching for more updates on special music for Advent and Christmas.
Many blessings as we continue to enjoy this wonderful newly renovated Sanctuary and new organ!
—Doug Cleveland, Director of MusicSubscribe