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The Hook OrganThe Hook Organ at Mechanics Hall 

The Hook organ, built in 1864, dominates the Great Hall. Determined that American artisans construct the organ, the Mechanics called upon the E. & G.G. Hook brothers of Boston to install the organ in the place reserved for it center stage. The 52-stop, 3,504-pipe instrument is often referred to as the "Worcester Organ" because the people of the community donated most of the funds required for building it. Today, the Hook organ is the oldest unaltered four-keyboard organ in the Western Hemisphere. 

Since its restoration in 1982, the Hook Organ has become one of the most popular and respected organs in the United States. It has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio. It has been used 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." 

The organ is regularly played during the Mechanics Hall Brown Bags for Kids Concerts as well as at the Brown Bag Concert Series performed for the general public. It has been part of the Fuller International Organ Festival. An organ fund is in place to which individuals may contribute for the continued preservation of this king of instruments. 

 

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