OPUS 22 - THE NEW VILLAGE PIPE ORGAN
Tennessee Pipe Organ builders Richards, Fowkes & Co. have completed Opus 22 for Village Presbyterian Church. The organ was played for the first time in worship on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, when roughly 5% of the pipes are working. The voicing process of the 3,800 pipes is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017. A series of organ dedication concerts will follow.
The 59-stop organ is the company’s biggest instrument to date. Everything is monumental—a choir division with 17 stops, two 32’ stops in the pedal, and more 8’ and color stops than they have ever done.
With the exception of some modern materials (like epoxy and electricity), our new organ relies on organ building techniques that have been around for centuries. The pipe construction and key action in particular have stood the test of time, and we know they’ll serve our congregation and community well.
Village’s new pipe organ case has been thoughtfully designed to harmonize with the classical architecture of the Sanctuary. For example, the columns in the case echo the columns throughout the chancel and nave, to bring a unity of design.
Richards, Fowkes & Co. tailors its organ cases to fit the stories of the communities to which they are going. Village’s organ case will also feature sunflowers and sheaves of wheat to reflect our Kansas heritage.
Learn more about the voicing process of the organ in this Kansas City Star article.
Opus 22 Dedication Concerts
Dedicatory Organ Recital: Dr. Elisa Bickers 3 p.m. Aug. 20 and 7 p.m. Aug. 23, 2017
Organ Recital: Douglas Cleveland 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
Choir, Orchestra & Organ Concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017
Te Deum Chamber Choir & Organ Concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
KC Wind Symphony & Dr. Elisa Bickers 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
Tidings of Joy Concerts 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017
Bach Aria Soloists 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
Dr. Elisa Bickers