Pope Benedict XVI on the Organ

 

"Music and Song

Are More than an

Embellishment of Worship"

 

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Pope Benedict XVI is an accomplished
pianist, who has eloquently expressed
the importance of the pipe organ in
worship.

Traditional music and traditional liturgy have gained a new appreciation recently in almost all Christian denominations.  Even the Roman Catholic Church, which since the Second Vatican Council has seemed inclined to throw the baby out with the liturgical bathwater (to borrow an aphorism), has shown new interest and a new appreciation for older established worship formats 

Pope Benedict XVI visited his home country of Bavaria in September, 2006, and dedicated a new pipe organ in the Atle Kapelle in Regensburg.  

According to an online article of the Catholic News Agency, the Pope recognized the unique place the pipe organ holds in Christian worship.  His words are worthy of Balzac, and are reminiscent of the French writers lofty comments about the King of Instruments:

"Benedict, a piano player himself, has been vocal about his deep appreciation for music, particularly sacred liturgical music.  After a brief description of the process of restoration, which took eight years and almost one million dollars to complete, the Holy Father arose and spoke to the importance of music in the liturgies of the Church emphasizing the “king of musical instruments,” the organ. 

"Music and song are more than an embellishment of worship," said the Pope, "they are themselves part of the liturgical action."
 
The organ, "transcending the merely human sphere, as all music of quality does, evokes the divine. ... It is capable of echoing and expressing all the experiences of human life. The manifold possibilities of the organ in some way remind us of the immensity and the magnificence of God."

 

Read the Catholic News Agency article in full here

Read the entire text of the Pope's remarks here.

 

 

  

Martin Ellis at St. Lawrence, Muncie, IN

 

Fanfare!

 

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Martin Ellis has recently produced a new compact disc recording on the new Reynolds Associates organ at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Muncie, Indiana.

 

The recording includes works by Bach, Vierne, Alain, Mulet, and others on the 26-rank organ, in a setting that is acoustically thrilling.  Ellis plays with energy, vitality, and panache. 

 

This is a cd for people who love organ music.  Even more importantly, though, it is a cd for people who are just discovering the intimate subtleties and massive sonorities of the king of instruments.

 

Put this one permanently into your cd player or mp3, and "Crank up the volume!

 

To purchase a copy of this recording, please e-mail us at www.reynoldsorgans.com.  The cost is $15.

 

 

 

 

John Knox Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis

 

Michael Bennett to Inaugurate

New Reynolds Organ 

 

Organist Michael Bennett will play the dedication concert on the new Reynolds Associates organ at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis on Sunday evening, October 24, 2011, at 7:00 pm. The church is located at 3000 North High School Road on the west side of Indianapolis.  The church can be easily found by exiting 465 at 38th Street, and turning south on High School Road.

 

Michael Bennett is the choral director of the award winning Varsity Singers, A Cappella, Accents, at Lafayetter Jefferson High School in Lafayette, and also teaches advanced class piano. Michael, a native of Roanoke, VA is a proud graduate of the Indiana University School of Music where he received his Bachelor's degree in Organ Performance and the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Choral Conducting.

 

Mr. Bennett is the Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette, where he continues to oversee and expand the parish’s diverse musical offerings, directs the multigenerational choir program, administrates the concert series, and serves as organist for all services.  For five years Michael was also the Assistant Conductor and Youth Chorus Director for the Bach Chorale Singers.

 

As a concert organist, Mr. Bennett has performed extensively across the Midwest and East Coast, playing in cathedrals and for chapters of the American Guild of Organists in more than ten states. His most recent collaboration was with the choirs of Vassar College, where he made his discography debut in a live performance of Mozart's Requiem, K.626.

 

The concert is free, and the public is welcome.

 

 

 

 


 

  

Ready for Prime Time

 

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For years, I have loved to discuss the organ - its music, its history, the interesting people who make up its world, and to share some of the war stories that naturally happen in the life of an organ builder.  Now, with the new Reynolds Organ Blog, "Wild Air," I have the chance. 

 

 


 

 

 

 

John Knox Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis

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A Blend of Old and New!

 

 

The new Reynolds pipe organ at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis is now complete.  It is a versatile and distinguished instrument in a smaller sanctuary with wonderful, live acoustics.   

 

  

 

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