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Allen e-notes Newsletter
Sept / Oct 2016 www.allenorgan.com

GeniSys™ Voices

Contest Winners

Theatre Organ

Video On The Web
Four Families of

IN-CONCERT: Spectacular Sight and Sound Concert Scheduled
Rêves d'Etoiles', a performance by French Astronaut, Brigadier General and organist Jean-Loup Chrétien and renowned French organist Jean-Philippe Le Trévou, will amaze you in this stunning sight and sound spectacular! Using photography taken by Jean-Loup during his space missions of the 80s and 90s, this concert portrays in music the space vehicles' flight and incredible spacewalk of Jean-Loup Chrétien.

The wonders of the universe and concert all rolled into one!
Friday, November 4, 2016
French Astronaut Jean-Loup Chrétien
& Jean-Philippe Le Trévou

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TECH-NEWS - Allen Organs Introduces GeniSys™ Voices!
In the Spring of 2015, Allen unveiled its technologically advanced organ controller named GeniSys - the most advanced organ console control system available! Through its unique network architecture, GeniSys "future-proofs" the organ, simplifying customization and in-field upgrades.

As a complement to our innovative GeniSys Controller, Allen unveiled GeniSys™ Voices this past Spring.

GeniSys Voices provide the tonal diversity of a comprehensive stop list to even the most modest instruments. GeniSys Voices set a new standard for organist-friendly operation and include sounds that enhance every style of worship and organ literature! GeniSys Voices provide:
  • HD Sound
  • 2 Dedicated GeniSys Voice Stops per Organ Division
  • Over 250 different voices - organ stops, Grand Pianos, orchestral, keyboard and percussion voices
  • Adjustable volume and tuning per voice
  • Voice assignments remain until changed by organist
  • Voices capture to organ pistons
  • Voices can couple between Divisions

More recently dealers and organists have visited Octave Hall for quality time with GeniSys Voices. The tonal quality, flexibility and ease-of-use available with GeniSys Voices must be experienced to be fully appreciated.

Said one visitor, "The GeniSys concept is much more powerful and sophisticated than first meets the eye and this quickly became evident to me after visiting Octave Hall. By modifying the previous Console Controller layout and including the best aspects of Navigator™, Allen has made the overall "management" of the instrument significantly more convenient and transparent for a broader scope of users. And the tonal fidelity of GeniSys Voices is superb!

Regardless of the size of the instrument, the ability to easily add organ and/or orchestral voices will in almost every case provide a dimension to the music being played that would not be possible otherwise. In my opinion, I can't think of any piece of music that I play that wouldn't benefit from GeniSys Voices, regardless of the instrument."

To experience an Allen organ equipped with GeniSys Voices, contact your local Allen Organ Representative today!

Click to learn more about GeniSys™ Voices

Click to watch how a familiar Christmas Carol comes to life with GeniSys™ Voices!

UP TO $1000

If you haven't seen these videos, then we encourage you to do so, and then pass the word to your church's Choir Director or Organist to submit an entry!

Started in April we have selected entry videos received during the month, proclaimed a winner, sent the winner a plaque stating that they were the winner of the "Inspiring Congregations" contest for that month, and sent a check for $100.00 made out to the church's music ministry!

Response to our contest has been very good, but we welcome more entries!

Click here to view and listen to all winners to date!

Look for this ad on Facebook, future e-notes and in your Allen monthly e-mail!

(Contest open to continental US, Alaska and Hawaii)

RESIDENTIAL INSTALLATION - An Allen Theatre Organ Lover For The Third Time
Allen Theatre organs are nothing new to Leo Drost. In fact, Leo is now on his third Allen organ in only a few years. Shown here is Leo with his latest Allen addition to his home's "Music Room". Leo customized his organ by applying gold wood trim appliqués above the center rail, and to his bench and wings.

Click here to see all the details about Leo's music room companion!

INSTALLATION - Immaculate Conception Church, Lowell Massachusetts
Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell, Massachusetts, recently installed an Allen Designer Series RL-58 organ to replace their former pipe organ. This 58 Stop, three-manual organ also contains a custom designed audio system with the Main organ in the Balcony, and Choir organ in front.

Click here to more stunning church and organ photos on Immaculate Conception's website!

Allen Organs Dealer Greg Martiros works on this recent Allen installation at the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell Massachusetts. Photo by Barry Holben

E-MAIL TO ALLEN - Concert On The Water, Päijänne, Finland
"I am back from a festival at a lake where our Allen organ was on the roof of a boat!! Maybe the first time ever in the history when a digital concert organ has been at that kind of place.

The church is located on the shore of one of the biggest lakes in Finland, called Päijänne. The boat went across the lake to the church shore where the audience was waiting. There was a big risk for a rain, but we were lucky. Of course we were ready to cover (the) Allen and its speakers from the shower!

The organist, at Sysmä festival, was internationally well known Kalevi Kiviniemi, who constantly plays all over Europe and the Far East, and has had recitals in the USA. The singer was Juha Uusitalo (bass), known for his Wagner opera roles in many famous opera houses, including La Scala Milan, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper, Tokyo's New National Theatre, De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam. He also sang in the acclaimed Konwitschny production in 2006 at the Bayerische Staatsoper (under Adam Fischer) and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (under Levine). This concert in Sysmä had the title "The Flying Dutchman".

-submitted by Matti Pesonen
Allen Organ Dealer - Finland

Lake Päijänne is the second largest lake in Finland. The lake drains into the Gulf of Finland via the Kymi River.

From within the boat, looking toward the church and audience. Singer Juha Uusitalo can be seen through the glass on the right side.

Allen Video on the Web

To help those making the transition from piano to organ, Allen Organs has produced another short video which explores the Four Organ Families of Sound that make up the organs' overall tonal design. Please share this video.

 Video:  Four Organ Families of Sound

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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. Enjoy these fine selections from our Historique™ brand!

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Classical Selection March Militaire in D; Schubert
Performer: Allen Artist; Suite: Classic Allen
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Religious Selection Ave Verum Corpus
Performer: T. Hazleton; Suite: Schlicker
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Theatre Selection Funiculí Funiculá
Performer: Lyn Larsen; Suite: Barton
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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 Walnut Finish/Curly Maple Interior Three-Manual. Click the link below to visit the AllenOrgan.com site for photos and more!

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 Sept./Oct. 2016 the contestants are:
• Bravura™ Pipe/Digital Combination with optional Drawknob Package Custom Finish Three-Manual
• Allen Designer Series RL58-II Walnut Finish Exterior/Oak Finish Interior Three-Manual
• Bravura™ with optional Drawknob Package Walnut Finish Four-Manual
• Bravura™ with optional Drawknob Package Two-Tone Custom Finish Four-Manual
• Allen Organ Pipe/Digital Combination Oak Finish Exterior/Walnut Finish Interior Three-Manual
• Bravura™ Oak Finish Two-Manual

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