An evening of historical past and music is scheduled for Nov. 18 on the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.
“Holy Trinity is the oldest Catholic church in Georgia. It has lovely structure, lovely acoustics,” mentioned Jose Reyes-Ortiz, the church’s organist and director of music, who will current a live performance on the church’s Jardine organ at eight p.m.
The cornerstone of Holy Trinity was laid in 1857, and the constructing was consecrated in 1863. The church’s Jardine pipe organ is believed to have been constructed throughout the Civil Struggle. It was crafted by George Jardine and Son of New York, however it couldn’t be put in till 1868 due to the Union blockades of Southern ports. It has greater than 1,500 pipes.
The great thing about the instrument, in keeping with Reyes-Ortiz, is that not like trendy digital organs, the pipe organ permits musicians the chance so as to add their very own nuances to the sound because the music is performed.
Reyes-Ortiz mentioned this system will function music by a number of composers. The primary piece comes from Reyes-Ortiz’ native Mexico. It’s a 17th century toccata by an nameless composer.
“It’s an intricate piece of music,” he mentioned. “They had been already composing music on the degree of European music.”
He may even carry out a fugue by Bach, “Cantilena” an organ sonata by Joseph Rheinberger, and Louis Vierne’s “sixth Symphony, Last.”
Reyes-Ortiz mentioned he invitations anybody who thinks organ music is boring to come back to the live performance to see that it’s something however boring.
After the live performance, Reyes-Ortiz mentioned patrons can go to the choir loft to see the organ, which was restored in 1994.
“It’s a nice piece of engineering,” he mentioned. “This can be a distinctive alternative for folks.”
The live performance comes after the assembly of the Augusta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is open to the general public.
The Augusta chapter has round 50 church buildings and synagogues represented in its membership in keeping with Keith Shafer, chapter dean and organist at St. Paul’s Church. Members meet six to eight instances a yr with different packages associated to subjects reminiscent of church and choral music.
The primary Jardine organ in Augusta was put in at St. Paul’s Church in March 1861. Shafer mentioned he’s researched St. Paul’s organ, and Jardine was fairly the superstar when he got here to city to put in it. Newspaper articles point out that most of the girls had been smitten with him.
The St. Paul’s organ was broken in 1888 when the church tried to maneuver it and electrify it, in keeping with Shafer. Any remnant of that instrument was destroyed by the hearth of 1916, he mentioned.