For our January joint meeting with Seattle, AGO members Cheryl and Tim Drewes will present a program entitled “Wonderful Things Come in Small Packages: E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings – Opus 591, 1871”.
Join us on Saturday, January 20 at 10:30 a.m., when Cheryl and Tim Drewes will present a description and history of the 1871 E. & G.G. Hook and Hastings organ at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Auburn. They will illustrate the versatile sounds and breadth of this small instrument by performing literature spanning the centuries and styles. Join us in exploring this exquisite gem, and bring some music to try it out for yourself!
About the 1871 E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings, Op. 591:
This 2-manual 10-stop organ was originally built for Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA. and moved to Christ Lutheran Church, Camden, NJ. It was restored and moved to St. Matthew’s in 1999 by Patrick J. Murphy & Associates, Stowe, PA. The Swell oboe, which had been removed, was replaced with pipes from Johnson & Son Opus 572 (1882), and the pitch was lowered to A-440 from approximately A-450.
(Thanks to Cheryl Drewes, Tom Clark, and Mark Brombaugh for contributing to this post.)