Mighty Sharkey-Corrigan Pipe Organ Bows in  Inaugural Recital

Mighty Sharkey-Corrigan Pipe Organ Bows in  Inaugural Recital Sunday, July 23

A sound unlike any other will be heard Sunday, July 23 at 5 p.m. in the Texas A&M International University Center for the Fine and Performing Arts.

The sounds will be coming from the Inaugural Recital of the Sharkey-Corrigan Pipe Organ, a gift from the E. H. Corrigan Foundation.

Admission to the event is free of charge and the public is urged to arrive early, as seating will be limited.

Guest artist will be Dr. David Heller of San Antonio's Trinity University,  considered one of the nation's most outstanding organists and recording artists by The American Organist, which has hailed him as "an eloquent performer"  and called his most recent recording, "Veni Creator Spiritus" (Calcante Recordings) an "excellent demonstration of outstanding music making on a contemporary American organ."

An active recitalist, Dr. Heller has performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, France, Germany, Guatemala, and Mexico.  As author of the acclaimed book, Manual on Hymn Playing (G.I.A. Publications), he is frequently sought as a lecturer and clinician in the areas of church music skills and hymn playing, giving presentations across the country.

The afternoon program will include the debut of an especially commissioned work, "A Laredo Fanfare," by American composer Gerre Hancock.  The program will also include selections by J. S. Bach, Duruflé , Elgar, Franck and Noble.

The Kegg Company of Hartville, Ohio, constructed the Organ. After a national search, the Kegg Company was chosen to build this landmark instrument.  The new organ has 69 ranks and 52 stops.

The tonal scheme seeks not to simply reproduce sounds from any historic period, but to give the instrument its own voice with the integrity to convey with conviction the musical language of composers of all eras to contemporary listeners.

It features 3998 pipes arranged in 69 sets or ranks. It has four keyboards and its pipes are placed in three locations.  The largest pipes are made of zinc, but most of the pipes are made of alloys of tin and lead. Three sets of wood pipes are made of poplar, basswood and pine. The total weight of the organ is approximately 35,000 pounds.

The University has created a special Sharkey-Corrigan Pipe Organ microsite on its web site which provides a special time-lapse construction video which "builds" the Organ.

The site is available at:

 http://www.tamiu.edu/organ/  (or by clicking on "Sharkey-Corrigan Pipe Organ in the left navigation bar of tamiu.edu). 

In addition to the video, which compresses three weeks of construction into four and a half minutes, information is available on the donor, The E. H. Corrigan Foundation; the guest artist who will be featured in the Sunday Recital, the history  of the Organ ... and more.

You may also  contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, visit offices in Killam Library 268, email prmis@tamiu.edu


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