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Concerts by guest organists feature Olivet’s Ruffatti pipe organ

Posted: Apr 03, 2013

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Each organist who plays Olivet's Ruffatti pipe organ brings a new dynamic to a distinctive instrument.

Hear three accomplished church organists share more of the myriad sounds of Olivet's Ruffatti pipe organ during the 2013 “Spring Festival of Organ Music” in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel, 12:10 to 12:55 p.m. on the following days:

Friday, April 12 — Paul Leddington Wright of The Coventry Cathedral, United Kingdom, and BBC television

Friday, April 19 — John W. W. Sherer of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago

Friday, April 26 — Matt Gerhard of Zion United Methodist Church, Kokomo, Ind.

An instrument of 125 ranks, the organ’s size and quality rival the best pipe organs found in the churches and concert halls of the United States, as well as the great cathedrals of Europe. It contains 75 ranks of Ruffatti handmade, wind-blown pipes. The digital component features the remaining 50 ranks, created by the Massachusetts firm of Marshall & Ogletree. The four-manual console controls the “speech” of thousands of pipes, many of which are visible to the audience.

There is no admission charge for these events. For more information, call 815-939-5258. 

1907

The School that would later be known as "Olivet Nazarene University" was founded with 36 students in a one-room schoolhouse near Georgetown, Ill.