Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Pipedreams Pipe Organ Weekend in Miami Culminating at Vizcaya on Sunday

Join Pipedreams host Michael Barone, from American Public Media, for an exciting three-day schedule of activities featuring to the King of Instruments, in many varied contexts from the Skinner pipe organ at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, the Ruffatti organ at Epiphany Roman Catholic Church, the prestigious Milhous Collection in Boca Raton to the Welte orchestral player organ at Vizcaya Gardens and Museum.

Sunday, February 28 (1-5 p.m.) - A Vizcaya Organ Sunday, at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL

This event features the 1917 3-manual, 23-rank Welte orchestral residence pipe organ and its original roll player mechanism. Delight in light classics and other favorites audible throughout the National Historic Landmark mansion played for fifteen minutes each hour from 1 p.m. until closing at 5 p.m. Following the 4 p.m. performance, Michael Barone will comment briefly regarding the history of residence organs in early 20th century homes, and some impromptu live performers will be heard.

The organ’s console is located in Vizcaya’s Renaissance Hall, where presidents and popes have been entertained. This grand room accommodates only around 20 people, but the organ may be heard throughout the giant residence, particularly in the very large interior courtyard, which is within yards of the organ’s pipe chambers.

This activity is open to the general public with admission charged, which includes access to the house and extensive gardens. This is a registered national historic landmark site, and a fully accredited museum.

Here is a piece to wet your appetite

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