Phantoms of the Organ

Toronto surprises me yet again, this time with the annual free “Halloween” event held at Metropolitan United Church. Featuring ten pieces played by members of the Royal Canadian College of Organists on the largest pipe organ in Canada (over 8300 pipes).
Described as a mostly pagan affair where the audience is invited to dress up in Halloween costume to listen to this incredibly atmospheric music genre in a darkened Gothic style church complete with candles and smoke machines.
Renditions included the evocative Toccata & Fugue in D minor along with a couple of other “made for organ” compositions by J S Bach, and a couple of really really dark film noire” style pieces by composer Louis Vierne who lived an absolutely tragic life and died at the console of the organ on Notre Dame Paris at the age of 75
Just for the record this church hosts an entire Music Series – “Music at Metropolitan”
Many of the “organists” were young immensely talented musicians, who whilst consummate keyboard players had only been “at” the organ for 2 months or so. Amazing how these guys can pick up the technical skills needed to navigate such a complicated “instrument” in such a short time – it’s not as if you can practice at home!!

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