Organ Dedication

Sunday, February 19, 2:30 pm, Samuel Hutchison, Principal Organist and Curator for the Madison Symphony Orchestra, will be the guest recitalist for the dedication of the new organ at St. Peter’s.

The organ was designed primarily to accompany the Lutheran liturgy, but it is a versatile instrument and well-suited to the full range of recital literature. Among the pipes that have been augmented with digital voices by the Walker Technical Company are most of the ranks of the late 19th century Wangerin tracker organ that was purchased from St. John’s Lutheran Church, Madison, in the early 1960s. The three-manual instrument now comprises the pipe-and-digital equivalent of 111 ranks.

Five 32’ stops anchor the expanded ensemble, with seven mixtures and 20 ranks of strings spread through the five divisions. “Fanfare” trumpets sound from both the main gallery organ and the “floating” antiphonal in the chancel. All divisions include softer, solo reeds in a broad spectrum of tonal “color.”