Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

About the Harrah Symphonic Organ

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

About the Harrah Symphonic Organ

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The Harrah Symphonic Organ is the realization of a longtime dream of the United Methodist Women of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church and other members of the Hurricane congregation. In 1997, Charleston resident Allen Harrah began attending Forrest Burdette and expressed his desire to build a memorial pipe organ at the church. Three years later, he made a proposal to the trustees to build a combination pipe and digital organ. The proposal included remodeling the chancel area to accommodate the pipes, the organ console and also to enhance the acoustics of the music area.

The United Methodist Women became the primary fundraisers for the project. With funds raised, remodeling was concluded in October 2000, and Harrah designed the console, chossing Tennessee-based R.A. Colby Inc. to construct it. …

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