Beginning at 1pm on Friday, March 19th, 2004 in Old Salem, NC, there was a three
day event to celebrate the restoration by Taylor and Boody Organ Builders, Staunton,
VA, of the organ built in 1799-1800 for the Moravian church in Old Salem. For those
who arrived early on Friday, the archive building was opened especially for attendees
and we were treated to a display of documents by Tannenberg and others concerning
the installation of the organ, written in German and the angular script that was
used in that era. Also displayed were technical drawings by Tannenbert of other organs
as well as a technical drawing by him for a clavicord. All in all, a facinating display
of unique historical documents!
This was the first time this magnificent instrument had been heard in public performance in over 93 years. There was a dedicatory recital on Friday evening, March 19th, played by the renowned organist Peter Sykes of Boston, MA, featuring music of Christian Latrobe and others of the period as well as a newly commissioned piece by Dan Locklair in honor of the celebration.
There were several Symposia on March 19 & 20 which focused the beginings of the Moravian settlement in the area, the building of the Salem Home Church, and of course, on restoration of the organ.
I am proud to report that the Hilbus Chapter was well represented! Members from the Hilbus chapter who attended the events included Paul Birkner, Carl Schwarz, Wyett Colcasure, TommyLee Whitlock and Randy Wagner. General attendence for the event was so large that the recital was performed twice to accommodate everyone.
Featured speakers included:
Paula Locklair who spearheaded the restoration
Barbara Owen, renowned organ historian and editor of A Century of American Organ Music1776 - 1876
Laurence Libin - research curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dr. Nola Reed Knouse - Director of the Moravian Music Foundation
and many more!
Liturgical rededication of the organ was on Sunday afternoon, March 21st, to coincide with the birthday of David Tannenburg.