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    December 2016 www.allenorgan.com

Christmas Concert
 

Concert Review
Rêves d'Etoiles'

Allen e-mail
Austria Concert

Video On The Web
We Three Kings


IN CONCERT: Allen Organ's 21st Annual Christmas Concert

For the past 21 years, the Allen Organ Sales Staff, along with some real close friends, have presented a Christmas Concert to the local community. This year was exceptional with sold-out audiences at all three performances. The proceeds from the shows are donated to local music schools and other charities.

Each concert showcased the talents from neighboring high school chorale groups. This year's event included performances from the Quakertown High School Varsity Singers, Nazareth Area High School Chorale, and The LV Charter High School For The Arts Touring Choir.

Local music group Mainstreet Brass Quintet was also on hand to round out the evening's entertainment with selections for Brass, and Brass & Organ.

Allen Organ Vice President of Sales Barry Holben, rocked the concert hall with his arrangement of "We Three Kings" utilizing Allen's new GeniSys™ Voices technology with high-definition sounds! Be sure to watch his video in the 'Video On The Web' section below. Each concert lasted over 2 hours, and feedback from those that attended was overwhelming!

Click here to view video highlights of this year's show.


Guest Sopranos Lauren Madigan (left) and
Christa Ward singing "Silver Bells".


Special musical guest Mainstreet Brass Quintet
helped out with "Oh Christmas Tree" along with
other holiday favorites.


Nazareth Area High School Chorale joined the show for the first time, and put on a spectacular performance.

E-MAIL TO ALLEN: German Requiem, St. Florian, Linz, Austria
(August 2016)
Dear Allen Organ:

We just came back from recording in Linz St. Florian, Austria.

The Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Franz Welser Möst, made a recording of the Brahms Requiem with the (Allen Bravura™) L331. Even there is the famous Bruckner's pipe organ installed with 103 stops. The concert had to use an Allen as the tuning of the pipe organ did not fit with the Orchestra's musical selections.

Best Regards,
Thorsten Cremer
Pulheim - Brauweiler, Germany


Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem Op 45

The recording of "Ein Deutsches Requiem" at the baroque monastery of St. Florian in August 2016 marked the crowning point of The Cleveland Orchestra's Brahms Cycle.

Click to see a picture gallery of this concert



The Allen organ used for this concert.
 
Allen organ within St. Florian

photography by Thorsten Cremer

Bruckner organ pipes

View from rear of monastary
 

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IN-CONCERT: Space - Spectacular Sight and Sound Concert
Rêves d'Etoiles', a performance by French Astronaut, Brigadier General and organist Jean-Loup Chrétien and renowned French organist Jean-Philippe Le Trévou, astounded attendees during the November concert held in Allen Organs' Octave Hall! Using photography taken by Jean-Loup during his space missions of the 80s and 90s, and video and images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and provided by NASA, this concert portrayed in music the space vehicles' flight and incredible spacewalk of Jean-Loup Chrétien. In addition to the spacewalk, the concert consisted of ten segments featuring The Sun, Asteroids, Comets, The Planets, and more, all set to music performed by both organists. An additional performance was held recently in Houston, Texas.

To view a segment of the concert, click here.


Jean-Loup Chrétien waves to the camera


The Earth at night as seen by the Astronauts

Allen Video on the Web

Vice President of Sales for Allen Organ, Barry Holben, performs his arrangement of "We Three Kings" demonstrating the versatility of using GeniSys™ Voices in preparation for the Christmas season. Barry is playing on an Allen Bravura L-463DK with GeniSys™ Voices. After viewing, watch the "explained" video. Enjoy!

 Watch Video:  We Three Kings: arr. Barry Holben

 Watch Video:  We Three Kings - Explained



Allen Video on the Web

So that's how it's done! Allen Representative Jim Sadie shared this video recorded by Riverchase UMC in Birmingham, Alabama. It shows how steps and a wall partition are no obstacles for a church organ removal and installation. The organ is a Four-Manal Bravura™/Custom.

 Watch Video:  Riverchase UMC Installation



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Nothing tells the Allen story better than the sound of our instruments. Recordings of an Allen organ are the next best thing to hearing one in person. In each e-notes we feature a few selections that demonstrate the pipe-like quality of our digital organs in a wide variety of musical styles. Featured here are a few selections from Rudy Lucente utilizing our new GeniSys™ Voices high-definition sounds combined with a variety of organ stops! Enjoy!

To Download: right click on the song title, then click "Save As".


Les Petites Cloches; Purvis
Organist: Rudy Lucente
GeniSys™ Voices: Percussion


Fountain Reverie; Fletcher
Organist: Rudy Lucente
GeniSys™ Voices: Harp, English Diapason


Nimrod; Elger
Organist: Rudy Lucente
GeniSys™ Voices: Strings, Brass


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Thank you all for your votes last month and for your enthusiasm! The previous Organ of the Month winner was the Bravura™ with optional Drawknob Package Two-Tone Custom Finish Four-Manual. Click the link below to visit the AllenOrgan.com site for photos and more!
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Choose your favorite from the list below. In the next issue of e-notes, we will let you know which one of these beauties was the readers' choice for Organ of the Month!

For Nov./Dec. 2016 the contestants are:
• Bravura™ Pipe/Digital Combination with optional Drawknob Package Oak Finish Exterior/Curly Maple Interior Four-Manual
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