September 2, 2014 at 5:21 am #3335
Over the past Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of experiencing an recital performed by guest organist Brian Swager at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. His performance included the works of John Cook, Felix Mendelssohn, J.S. Bach and Charles-Marie Widor.
Brian played the Skinner Organ built in 1924, a remarkable instrument consisting of over 4,500 pipes hidden seamlessly within the architecture of the museum. The resultant sound emanating from this remarkable instrument resonates through the main Rodin Gallery and floats into adjacent galleries of the museum. It is a sound the must be experienced live to be fully appreciated, and a majestically powerful sound that you will not soon forget.
If you have never experienced a pipe organ live, you own it to yourself to attend a performance at the Legion of Honor. Performances are on Saturday and Sundays at 4:00 pm and are free with the price of museum admission. For a list of programs and guest organists (click here).
February 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm #5347
Wow. This sounds fun, as I agree that there is no instrument like a large pipe organ, because well, there isn’t. One of my favorite demo pieces is Bach’s Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
I received the recording on a demo CD from a speaker manufacturer who could not remember where that particular piece had come from. For many years it has been a goal of mine to discover the source and get the entire recording. Someday. Perhaps I can bring it to one of these performances and one of the performers would recognize the organ and the recording. It is unique.
February 14, 2017 at 3:31 pm #5351
March 29, 2018 at 9:19 am #5903
I agree Jazz,
when I lived in SF I had a membership to the Legion of Honor.
that organ is the, or used to be, the largest pipe organ in the US.
as you state the sound emanating throughout the museum is a wonderful experience. they also (at least used to) have weekend Brunches as well- so it makes for a nice day at the Legion: brunch, art, live organ music ….
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