Pipe Organs of Downtown Rockford: A Walking Tour
Celebrating Three Magnificent Pipe Organs
Pipe organs represent significant and monumental achievement! Each instrument is designed and voiced to speak its own particular space. The pipes of each organ are individually hand-crafted. They are amazing achievements of both engineering and artistry. That’s worth celebrating!
Pipe Organs of Downtown Rockford is an organ walk, a concert at several different downtown Rockford locations where the audience will walk from one concert venue to the next. Pipe organs will be played at three downtown Rockford locations: MPAC’s Mendelssohn Hall; Emmanuel Episcopal Church; and Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church. MPAC has a 3 manual Möller pipe organ, Emmanuel Episcopal Church has a 3 manual Austin pipe organ, and Second Cong/First Presbyterian Church has a 4 manual Skinner pipe organ. At these concert locations, four organists will perform: Valerie Blair at Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church; Trish Rooney and Wayne Hatwich at Emmanuel Episcopal Church; and Ron Anderson at Mendelssohn Hall.
The schedule will be as follows:
2:00 – 2:30 Concert at Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church – Valerie Blair, organist
2:00 – 2:45 Walk to Emmanuel Episcopal Church
2:45 – 3:15 Concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Church – Trish Rooney & Wayne Hatwich, organists
3:15 – 3:30 Walk to Mendelssohn Hall
3:30 – 4:00 Concert at Mendelssohn Hall – Ron Anderson, organist
There will be an added visual attraction at Emmanuel Episcopal Church: a collection of over 50 photographs of pipe organ facades from around the world will be projected for your enjoyment.
This is a rare opportunity to hear 3 pipe organs and 4 performers in one afternoon and to enjoy a Sunday afternoon walk as well. There is no admission charge. This educational and entertaining event is being sponsored by the MPAC Education Commission.