King’s Chapel Celebrates Historic Fisk Organ

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The story of organs in American churches began in 1713, when Thomas Brattle bequeathed his one-manual English instrument to King’s Chapel, then housed in a wooden structure. Peter Harrison’s stone chapel was dedicated in 1750 and has continued to the present as the home of the congregation, and, over the intervening years, to a number of successor organs—none particularly successful in the decidedly non-reverberant space. But it was not until 1964 that another American-organ-first happened at King’s Chapel.

Fifty years ago a significant new tracker organ by C. B. Fisk debuted. That event will be remembered with a concert of music for organ and string quartet on Sunday, February 23rd, at 5 PM. Previewing one selected for the national convention of the American Guild of Organists here in June, the program features Sonata no. 1 by Daniel Pinkham, Quintet in G by Padre Antonio Soler, Capriccio by Naji Hakim, and Robert Sirota’s Apparitions, commissioned by the AGO,  the subject of a discussion below. Performers will be Gabriela Diaz and Gabriel Boyers, violin; Noriko Herndon, viola; Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello; and Heinrich Christensen on the Fisk.   [continued]

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