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2014: THE YEAR OF THE ORGAN

150th Anniversary of the Hook Organ

Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of the installation of the Mechanics Hall E.&G.G. Hook Organ (aka The Worcester Organ)! We have scheduled a wide variety of concerts that will include our magnificent instrument, which has just undergone an $85,000 refurbishment.

FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014
Worcester Chorus performs Rossini's Petite messa solennelle, Featuring the 1864 Hook Organ and guests soloists. Presented by Music Worcester, and part of the Mechanics Hall 2014 Year of the Organ Celebration. 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014
The Peacemakers - a musical celebration of peace for choir, organ, and orchestra by internationally acclaimed composer Karl Jenkins, presented by Master Singers and Worcester AGO
MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014
Mechanics Hall Concert for Kids
Introduction to American Composers
Free concert for grades 4 through 8. Reservations Required
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014
Worcester Organ Concert, Peter Stolzfus Berton Noon, Free
SUNDAY MAY 4, 2014
Worcester AGO Composers Recital with Organ & Choir
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014
Worcester Organ Concert, Noon, Free
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2014
Worcester Organ Concert, Noon, Free
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
Worcester AGO Concert with Guest Organist Hector Olivera
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014
Hook Organ Re-Dedication
Worcester AGO and Mechanics Hall
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014
Music Worcester presents Saint Saëns Symphony #3 "Organ"
Orchestra of Indian Hill, Bruce Hangen, Conductor
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014
Worcester Organ Concert, Noon, Free

For more information on any of these concerts, contact Mechanics Hall at 508-752-0888 or 508-752-5608

Worcester Organ Concert Series

The Mechanics Hall Worcester Organ Concerts form an exciting series showcasing the magnificent 1864 Hook Organ - also known as The Worcester Organ - and talented organists and musical artists from New England and beyond. Programming includes organ performance, silent films and multimedia performances. The Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists co-sponsors the Series.

Each concert begins at Noon and is free admission. All are welcome. Bring a lunch or purchase one at the Hall while they last.

About The Worcester Organ

The Hook Organ, installed in 1864, dominates the Great Hall. American organ builders Elias and George Hook, brothers from Boston, constructed the 52-stop, 3,504-pipe instrument, which is often referred to as the "Worcester Organ." Today, the Hook organ is the oldest unaltered four-keyboard pipe organ in the Western Hemisphere located at its installation site.

Restored in 1982, the Hook Organ since then has become one of the most popular and respected organs in the United States. It has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio, performed in several recordings, and has been featured on television and in a major motion picture, as well as in a music video starring Michael Crawford, the original "Phantom of the Opera."

CLICK HERE: SPECIFICATIONS OF THE HOOK ORGAN

Artistic Director Will Sherwood
American Keyboard Artist and Composer Will Sherwood, AAGO, ChM, has been guest soloist with the Boston Pops, and appeared in concert in Europe as well as the US. He has enjoyed a diverse concert career alongside his positions as organist and director at churches where he has been known for his innovative and creative musical endeavors, and has produced three choral CDs to critical acclaim.

Will is currently Director of Music and Organist at Worcester's First Unitarian Church and Dean of the Worcester Chapter American Guild of Organists.