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A Passion for Pipes

The Ancient Greeks had a version powered by water. They are described in many ways, from the “King of Instruments” to “musical 747s”. And we often hear one without seeing it or its player. They are pipe organs! In recent years, metro Atlanta has seen a renaissance in pipe organ music as churches and concert halls have invested in expensive new instruments. Together with some stellar older pipe organs, they are drawing audiences back to the artform. Pipe organs are complex machines, gorgeous to see, glorious to hear and, as we learn from some local experts, devilishly difficult to play.

In this segment, we meet: Bruce Neswick and the vintage Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Cathedral of St. Philip; Timothy Albrecht and the new Jaeckel organ at Emory’s Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts; Scott Atchison and the massive Mander organ at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, and Norman Mackenzie and the new Petty-Madden at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Visit the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for more information.