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Tribute to the Queen of Instruments

January 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

One of the many interesting things about some of the old churches in Malaysia, other than its remarkable architecture, is the organ that sits behind the altar. This keyboard instrument is played with its own keyboard and is operated either with the hands or with the feet. Though the instrument may look similar to those who are not musically inclined, there is actually three different types of organs – pipe organs, electronic organs and mechanical organs. Pipe organs uses the wind that is moving through the pipes to produce the sounds. An electronic organ generates electronically produced sounds through one or more loudspeakers whereas mechanical organs are controlled by mechanically by things like pinned barrels or book music.

Facade of Casavant Freres organ in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, Illinois. This 38-rank organ was installed in 1977, has a mechanical action, and is styled after north German Baroque instruments

If organ music is one of your favourites, then do not miss out on Dewan Filharmonik Petronas’ upcoming performance this 28th and 29th January 2012. Entitled ‘Tribute to the Queen of Instruments‘, this musical performance will see the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and renowned conductor Claus Peter Flor performing three famous classical pieces – Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Bach, Fantasia and Fugue by Liszt and Symphony No. 3 – “Organ Symphony” by Saint-Saëns. Performing on the organ is the talented Olivier Latry, a distinguished organist, improviser and Professor of Organ in the Conservatoire de Paris.

Tickets for this performance is priced at RM 30, RM 60, RM 90 and RM 120. The performance is scheduled to start at 8.30 pm on 28th January and at 3.00 pm on 29th January 2012. Patrons who are attending this musical performance are required to dress smart casually. For more information about the event and ticket purchases, please log on to the website here.

Photo (c) La Sequencia

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