Christopher Schroeder, Grace Minister of Music, with Grace Church’s Chancel Choir, are excited to share our beautifully refurbished organ in concert, with the public most heartily invited!
The instrument has a rather amazing pedigree. M. P. Moeller, Inc. designed the pipe organ in the early 1950s; it was one of the premier instruments in the city, often chosen to showcase artists in recital. In the early years, Richard Ross and Robert Elmore were invited to play. After Bruce R. Eicher was hired as Director of Music, he instituted a new Concert Series, and visiting artists included E. Power Biggs, 1959; Virgil Fox and John Weaver, 1960; Virgil Fox and Catharine Crozier, 1961; Simon Preston, Mme. Marie-Madeleine Duruflé Chevalier and Maurice Duruflé, 1969. The Duruflés returned again in 1971. And that’s just Act I of the story!
Flash forward to 2019 – Dan Angerstein at Angerstein Organ Works, Inc. in Hendersonville, NC has been working throughout the second half of 2019 on the refurbishment of the instrument. The entire organ will be tonally refinished to provide solid, warm choruses with good balances and colors, in addition to other improvements and enhancements. No tickets required for this celebration; there will be a free will offering.