Immanuel Lutheran celebrates 25th anniversary of organ
Over the centuries people have come up with countless ways to make music to help celebrate and venerate the glory of God.
Religious music has been written for bells, pianos, trumpets, violins, drums and even electric guitars. Perhaps the most iconic musical instrument for religious music is the pipe organ.
At its most basic level, a pipe organ is a large box filled with whistles. However in the case of organs these whistles may measure more than a dozen feet long and a typical organ may contain hundreds of them. Pipe organs are wind instruments with the performer using multiple keyboards, foot pedals, stops and a great deal of talent to control the pitch and tone.
There is something mesmerizing about watching a virtuoso play a pipe organ.
Depending on the complexity of the piece, the performer gets his whole body involved pulling and pushing with hands and feet a blur of action.
On Sunday morning organist Craig Hirschmann was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford to help the congregation celebrate the 25th anniversary of the installation of the Martin Ott Pipe Organ that dominates the choir loft at the church.
Immanuel Lutheran Church’s organ has 1,005 individual pipes with 17.5 stops in 20 ranks and was built in the German tradition. To an organist those numbers and terms have a lot of meaning and are necessary in knowing how to play it effectively.
The organ was built for Immanuel Lutheran Church by the Martin Ott Company based in St. Louis, Mo.
More information about the organ can be found by following these links to videos prepared by Immanuel Lutheran Church.