Alfred Fedak’s “Spring Bursts Today” premieres.

April 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

Composed expressly for the inauguration of Opus 139 this past Easter Sunday, organist Christian Lane and the Harvard University Choir, under the direction of Edward Elwyn Jones, put CB Fisk’s new organ for Memorial Church through its first paces. Opus 139 replaces Opus 46, also designed and built by Charles Fisk’s company (1967), but placed in the Appleton Chapel, where the acoustics could never quite do it the justice it deserved. The new organ is dedicated to Charles Fisk (1925-1983), who would have loved the placement of the new organ in the gallery, where he always wanted it, and to the late Reverend Peter J. Gomes (1942-2011), who was for years the Pusey Minister of the Memorial Church and the driving force behind the commissioning of the new organ.

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Golden Glow from Balcony of Memorial Church

April 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Golden Glow from Balcony of Memorial Church

Here is Peter Sykes’ Review in the Boston Musical Intlligencer of David Higgs’ Inaugural Concert on Opus 139, Memorial Church, Harvard, April 10, 2012.  After some 3 years, this magnificent instrument is in place, voiced and tuned, and being taken through its paces in a series of three concerts by world-class organists.  This is the first.

Opus 139 Debuts

April 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Everyone we spoke to from CB Fisk, Inc., from Memorial Church, old friends and admirers of Peter Gomes and, apparently, the hundreds who packed the church today for its Easter service were delighted with the sound, the crisp presence, and the power of the new organ.  One woman told us “I believe Peter heard it!,” as she left the church, and we are convinced that the sizable group down for the occasion from the Kondelin Road shop believed that Charlie Fisk, their mentor, heard it as well.  Under the direction of Edward Jones, the choir provided a glorious accompaniment to Opus 139, and Opus 139, under the able hands of Christian Lane, shook the very foundations. 

And the jib shots we made of the choir singing Alfred Fedak’s Spring Bursts Today, written expressly for the Inauguration of Fisk Opus 139, were truly spectacular!!  Video sample to be posted shortly…

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