Magazine article The Tracker

A Forest of Pipes: The Story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ

Magazine article The Tracker

A Forest of Pipes: The Story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ

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BOOK REVIEW * A Forest of Pipes: the Story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ by Jennifer Zobelein. Introduction by Jonathan Ambrosino. Glendale, CA: Balcony Press, 2007. Soft cover, 96 pp., included CD, $24.95. Available at www.ohscatalog.org, and directly from the publisher (Balcony Press, 512 East Wilson St., Suite 213, Glendale, CA 91208. Phone (818) 956-5313; fax (818) 956-5904).

NOW COMPLETING ITS THIRD SEASON, THE ORGAN IN WALT Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, has earned a place of honor among the city's musical attractions. Three firms collaborated in designing and building the organ: Gehry Partners, Resales Organ Builders, and Glatter-Götz Orgelbau. Frank O. Gehry designed the façade, Manuel Rosales was the organ's tonal designer, and Caspar von Glatter-Götz was responsible for construction and installation.

Author Jennifer Zobelein, OHS member and dean of the Ventura County Chapter, AGO, brings us a fascinating account of this organ's history, dating back almost twenty years. She presents the story from the perspective of twelve people who had key roles in shepherding the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ from vague initial ideas to its successful public inauguration. Included are viewpoints of the consultant, visual and tonal designers, organbuilders, and musicians. Most of the sections consist of question-and-answer interviews, but there are a few in narrative format. Manuel Rosales contributes his own account of his involvement in the WDCH project: a commitment extending from 1989 to the present. …

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