Glorious Sound: The Estey Opus 1429 Organ at CCC

After many years of silence, the Estey Opus 1429 organ at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center (PAC) will gloriously sound again.

An inaugural concert for the newly repaired instrument entitled “Saints and Sinners” will be held Saturday, November 2 at 2pm. Tickets are on sale through Brown Paper Tickets for $25 with a small processing charge. Tickets are also available at Holly McHone Jewelers in Astoria (cash or check only). Any remaining tickets will be available at the door on November 2 beginning at 1pm. Proceeds from this benefit concert will be shared by the Save the PAC Fund and the Clatsop Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund.

The concert features three visiting organists. Jason Neumann-Grable has been working on repair of the organ since last December. He will briefly describe his process and give a short demonstration of the organ’s restored capacity. Neumann-Grable completed his degree in music at the University of Oregon with a minor in Organ Performance. He worked with the Rodgers Organ Company for 12 years as Tonal Director, and has served as a church organist for 48 years. He has worked on organs in Carnegie Hall, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Italy as well as many instruments throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Neumann-Grable’s presentation will be followed by a recital by Christopher Wicks, composer and organist. Wicks is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists and holds an M.Mus. in Composition from the University of Montreal and an M.Mus. in Organ from the University of Oregon. He is the organist and choir accompanist at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Salem, OR. His compositions have been performed throughout North America, in Korea and in many European countries.

The afternoon program will close with a recital by Paul Tegels. Tegels is Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.  He received his Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance and Pedagogy and his Master of Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa. He is active in the American Guild of Organists and has performed in the U.S. Europe, Japan and New Zealand.

Repair of the Estey Opus 1429 organ was made possible through donations from the Bloomfield Family Foundation, the John C. and Janet A. Nybakke Memorial Fund of the Lutheran Community Foundation, the Clatsop Community College Foundation, the North Coast Chorale and numerous individual donors.

Denise Reed, Director of the North Coast Chorale who spearheaded the repair effort says, “The Mighty Estey is not dead, only sleeping.  Witness an historic awakening, connecting Astoria's past, present, and future of endless possibilities.”

Please direct inquiries to:  Patricia Warren, 503-338-2306.


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