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The community is invited to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 939 Hinman Ave., at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 for an organ recital in honor of Ernest Skinner, the builder of the renowned 1922 pipe organ at St. Luke’s Church. Mr. Skinner was born on Jan. 15, 1866.
Actor Jill Shellabarger will portray Mr. Skinner’s wife, Mabel. Her talk about his life and genius will be in a dialogue with organ music played by St. Luke’s organist Christine Kraemer, demonstrating the colors and dynamic range of St. Luke’s world-famous organ.
The program includes variations on “Simple Gifts” by David Evan Thomas and “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.opus327.org or at the door.
Installed in 1922, OPUS 327 is one of the few Skinner pipe organ masterpieces which has survived as originally conceived. OPUS 327’s reputation makes it a regular stop on American Tours of internationally acclaimed organists.
OPUS 327 is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization whose purpose is the preservation and promotion of E.M Skinner’s OPUS 327 pipe organ and its perfectly matched acoustical space, the main worship space of St. Luke’s Church.
OPUS 327 presents an annual concert series in addition to organ recitals and demonstrations and has created a Centennial Fund to be used for ongoing maintenance of the myriad of mechanical systems that were a part of Skinner’s genius.