Rex Lawson At Midday Music For Organ

Join us on Wednesday, November 2 during the usual Midday Music for Organ timeslot (12:30–1:15pm) to enjoy a special presentation delivered by world-renowned pianolist and expert on the history of mechanical music, Rex Lawson. Lawson will share and discuss recordings of organ-related music captured on rolls by musicians such as Esther Willis (granddaughter of the legendary organ builder “Father” Willis) and Jacques Brillouin. The repertoire includes such perennial favorites as the Toccata from Widor’s Symphony No. 5 and Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.” Lawson will also demonstrate how piano rolls could emulate the sound of the organ, and will answer questions from the audience.

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