A Church, An Organ And A Maestro

Robert M. Sides is proud to install and service organs across our region.  Recently, we had the honor of doing an organ installation at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Dickson City, PA.  This organ installation is the largest, and one of the more spectacular organ installations we have ever done.  Our organ specialist, Phil Maue, worked closely with the church and the Allen Organ Company to make sure that the organ the church got was exactly what they needed.  

vbm consoleThe organ itself is quite spectacular.  It was designed specifically for Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.  It is a 64 rank organ that has 58 stops on three manuals and a 32-note A.G.O. pedalboard.  Some of its features include the new GeniSys operating system with 40 memories, internal sequencer, USB storage, piston sequencer, an adjustable bench, a lighted adjustable folding lattice music rack, lighted pedalboard, Allen lifetime adjustable keyboards, a Choir antiphonal division, an antiphonal Pontifical Trumpet, and a custom designed audio system (whew!  That's a lot!).  On top of that, this organ will never need to be tuned!

In addition to everything previously listed, the Allen Stoplist Library is included, which has unique, independent voicing with individual audio settings and consists of Allen Classic, English Cathedral, Orchestra, Cavaille-Coll, Schlicker, Arp Schnitger and Aeolian-Skinner tonal schemes called Suites.  These suites respond change the stops on the organ to accurately produce each school of organ building, enabling the organist to play all styles of church, modern and organ literature.  Also included is the Allen Vista Navigator, which houses 243 Allen-sampled voices ranging from chime, carillon and bell percussions to a wide variety of classic organ stops and orchestra voices. 

On May 22nd, a dedication concert was held at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.  Maestro Hector Olivera was the special artist who played that concert.  The Maestro was born in Buenos Aires and began playing the pipe organ when he was only 3 years old.  By the time he was 5 he played for the legendary Eva Peron.  At age 12 he was entering the University of Buenos Aires and by 18 he had already played for heads of states and celebrities throughout Latin America.  He moved to the United States upon receiving a scholarship from the Julliard School of Music in New York.  Maestro Hector Olivera wowed the audience with a concert program in which he played the following:

Toccata from Symphony No. 1 ........................W.R. Driffill                                                                                            HectorOliveraandAllenOrganQ475SP

Ave Maria........................................................J.S. Bach/C.Gounod

Trumpet Tune Air and Voluntary.....................J. Clark/H.Percell

Allegro from Concerto No. 13.........................G.F. Handel

Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor.................J.S. Bach

Berceuse........................................................B. Goddard

Suite Gothique...............................................L. Boëllman

                   I. Choral

                   II. Minuet

                   III. Priere a Notre Dame

                   IV. Toccata

Oblivion..........................................................A. Piazzola

Improvisation on a Submitted Theme...........H.J. Olivera

The dedication concert was a great success and the Maestro Olivera made that beautiful organ truly sing!  Robert M. Sides is incredibly honored to have handled the installation of this organ, work with the Allen Organ Company, the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, and Maestro Hector Olivera.  

If you, your church, or someone you know is looking for a new organ, or service for a current organ, Robert M. Sides has some of the best technicians to help you every step of the way!  Feel free to contact Phil Maue, our organ specialist.  You can reach him by phone (800) 326-9450 ext. 115 or by email at pmaue@rmsides.com.