Boston and Brooklyn Organizations to Join Forces for Unique Fundraising Event, Benefiting Two Historic Pipe Organs

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The Historic Organ Foundation presents some of Boston's finest organists to play recital to aid in the repair of 2 historic pipe organs. Gala Reception to follow. October 5 at 7:30 PM see below for details.

some of Boston's finest organists will play concert to aid the repair of 2 historic pipe organs. October 5th at 7:30 PM

The Historic Organ Foundation (a friend to all pipe organs) has assembled some of Boston's finest organists for one night only to benefit restoration of two historic East Coast pipe organs. This unique fundraising model will benefit both the Holy Cross Cathedral's Hook & Hastings Op. 801 Pipe Organ and the historic Kilgen Pipe Organ at Our Lady of Refuge Church. Proceeds will be divided 50/50.

Also unique to this event will be sponsored hymns played by Church of the Advent's resident organist, Mark Dwyer. A $200 restoration gift per hymn will provide each donor a CD of their chosen hymn following the concert.

The Gala Concert will be held on Friday, October 5 at 7:30 PM at Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer Street on Beacon Hill in Boston. Tickets are available now at and will also be available at the door. Buy your tickets now online, and get a great discount.

The Church of the Advent donated the use of their famous Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ for this benefit recital.

Holy Cross Cathedral retains the largest and grandest pipe organ ever built by E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings: The Opus 801, which was installed in 1875. Leo Abbott, Cathedral Music Director since 1986, oversees the ongoing restoration which recently included the 2011 repairs to some of the largest pipes. The funds from this recital will be put toward needed repairs to the Great windchest.

In 2006, an effort was undertaken to get the historic pipe organ at Our Lady of Refuge in Brooklyn, New York working after nearly a decade of silence. When this pipe organ is returned to service, the parish will have a concert series featuring nationally and internationally known concert organists. Additionally, the pipe organ will be used at parish Masses and shared with the organ community as a practice and teaching instrument. The funds from this recital will be put toward the re-installation of this historically important instrument.

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