Tannenberg Organ Recital Series
Free Concerts Wednesdays at Noon
The historical importance of the magnificent organ David Tannenberg completed in 1800 for Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was recognized at the time of its dismantling in 1910, and it was not destroyed but remained in storage in various locations for eighty-eight years.
Tannenberg built about 40 organs during a career that began in 1758 and ended with his death in 1804. Unfortunately, only nine organs survive, and many of these have been significantly modified from their original design. The organ built for Home Moravian Church, the largest extant example of Tannenberg’s work, is the only surviving two-manual Tannenberg, and is largely intact.
With meticulous care and understanding, the organ was restored to its original state by Taylor & Boody Organbuilders of Staunton, Virginia. The restoration process took place from 1998-2004. Musically and visually it stands in Old Salem as a tribute to the talent and craftsmanship of a master organ builder and his remarkable musical achievement in the North Carolina Backcountry. (Watch the PBS Documentary Video about Old Salem’s restoration of the Tannenberg organ)
12 p.m.—12:30 p.m.
James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium(900 Old Salem Road)
Join us for free organ recitals featuring regional organists performing on the 1800 Tannenberg organ.
- July 5: Rodney Ward, Organist First Baptist Church, Lenoir, NC
- July 12: Theodore Davis, Organist St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD
- July 19: Richard Gress, Student Mercer University, Macon GA
- July 26: Lou Carol Fix, Organist Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-721-7350.